Taking God at His Word This Christmas

Faith isn’t complicated. It is taking God at His word.

It’s me that complicates things. I have a desire to figure things out. I love learning, but I’ve had to learn how to do this the right way when it comes to the things of God. It was the promise of “knowledge” after all, that led Eve, then Adam, to sin. There is more to say about this, but I’m getting off track. The important thing is that faith is simple. When I wear myself out “trying” to serve God, “trying” to know and do His will, it is always this return to simple, believing faith that restores and refreshes my weary soul.

As I said yesterday, I’ve been in a funk. But in the middle of this mire I came across Psalm 1 and the promise of blessing for those who do not walk in the counsel of the wicked…whose

…delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Well, that just sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

So in simple faith I have been taking God at His word. I’ve committed to reading more scripture, long passages, considering God’s wisdom, and taking it as His counsel. I can see already how He is renewing my mind. The funk is lifting. I am walking in His paths of truth and lovingkindness. (Did you read yesterday’s post? Here it is.)

This morning I came across something beautiful in 1 Chronicles. It’s from a song of thanksgiving when King David brings the Ark of God to Jerusalem.

Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He is coming to judge the earth.” – 1 Chronicles 16:33

Imagine that. Trees singing for joy, exulting in Creator God! I don’t know about you, but I had to stop right there and say, “Lord, I want to hear this song of the trees!”

Wow!

And as I spent some time praying, meditating on this, the words of a Christmas carol came to me. Something God put in my heart a few days ago when things were especially hard. (If you have lost loved ones dear to you, Christmas can be filled with such sadness mixed in with all the merry of the season.) I didn’t know last week when I started singing this song how God was going to let me in on this amazing chorus of the earth. It made it that much sweeter when it came together in the sweetest refrain today…

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Heaven and nature sing.

The trees are singing! I hope you take a moment to listen, to really listen this Christmas season.

And maybe even sing along. Just you and God and His creation. Singing joy.

4 Comments

  1. Dianne on December 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Love this, Heather! Thank you for sharing from your heart.

    • Heather K. Duff on December 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, Dianne! Merry Christmas to you! Hope it is filled with JOY and family and hey, let’s not forget lots of goodies!

  2. Leah on December 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for pointing out what should be so obvious. I have become so familiar with the words of Scripture and hymns that I never really stop and contemplate what they mean. Something that jumped out at me this morning as I was reading Scripture was this from Luke 7:36 “Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him. So he went…” Jesus was invited…so He went. All we have to do is invite Jesus into our daily lives and He will come. Invite Him while we do the dishes, clean the commode, when we’re feeling overwhelmed, when we are anxious, when we need to speak the hard truth in love to someone. Jesus is always just an invitation away…even for a Pharisee.

    • Heather K. Duff on December 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      That’s so good, Leah!

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