Advent, Week 4, Day 4 – The Gift of Choice
God has given us all the gift of choice.
We can choose to accept his gifts, or reject them.
God’s gifts are sometimes discovered within wrappings we may not have chosen for ourselves – but the gift within houses the most enduring, trustworthy, powerful love we could ever imagine – awaiting to be discovered in relationship with the God who made us.
His gifts will sometimes be discovered within wrappings of rejection from people.
Joseph and Mary faced rejection from men, but they knew the approval and love of God as they birthed and raised His Son!
As we face rejection from men, we too can find the most beautiful acceptance, and perfect love from the God who formed and fashioned us. WHEN we choose to allow him to become our greatest love in the pain. (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT)
His gifts will sometimes be discovered within the wrappings of uncertainty.
Joseph and Mary had no idea what they’d face in Bethlehem, but in the uncertainty – they heard of heralding angels, met worshiping shepherds and foreign wise men who’d followed a star bringing extravagant gifts from the east for their son, and heard from a man who’d waited his whole life to meet their son.
As we face uncertainty, we too can discover a God who is completely trustworthy. He won’t fail. WHEN we choose to believe that he is good, and rewards those who diligently seek him, while we wait for his answers through pain. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)
His gifts will sometimes be discovered within the wrappings of needing to face evil.
Joseph and Mary had to face the fact that their son had a price on his head, because of a maniacal tyrant, but God protected them by sending the wise men home another way, and warning Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt.
As we face evil, we too can discover there a God who faced evil for us and won, and therefore is able to give us strength and victory over the evil we face. WHEN we yield to his plan rather than our own. (Matthew 6:5-15 NLT)