Joyful and Triumphant? Or Plodding but Obedient?
Christ calls us to joy this season!
By Kari Lewis on December 02, 2017
I often begin playing and singing Christmas carols in late September or early October. Some people (who shall remain nameless at the moment) laugh a bit at me for it. So, anyway, this year, I thought I’d pretend to be mature and not play any Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.
So, a couple days ago, I was going to play the first Christmas CD of the season. I popped the CD in the player, hit play and moved on with some task at hand. Suddenly the living room was filled with the voices of a choir singing “O Come all Ye Faithful”.
I don’t know about you, but I just love how God so often takes a familiar truth, and by His grace, makes it new in our hearts! It happened for me as the first strains of the song caught my attention. “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant…”
Joyful and triumphant? I’m ashamed to say it, but too often, you could describe me as “plodding and obedient”, or even “peaceful and enduring”, or something like that. But joyful and triumphant? Not so often. Certainly not as often as I should be. And that’s a disgrace to my Savior! Because, truthfully, whatever we are facing, as Christians, when we focus on God, we always have reason to be joyful. And when we do that, we ARE triumphant as well!
Here at the very start of the Christmas season, even though schedules, budgets and emotions may be stretched, may we each take time to focus on Him! And on purpose, truly be joyful and triumphant! And more than that, may we carry the reality of Immanuel, God with us, into all the rest of our days!
Have a blessed Christmas season!