John 3:16-17 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
What have the holidays become? A time of stress? A time of more debt? A time of confusion? A time of love? A time of hate? A time of sadness? A time of overeating? A time of fellowship?
A friend called on the Sunday after Thanksgiving to let me know about all of the food she and her husband had prepared for her huge family gathering. I could sense the frustration and disappointment in her voice. She had rented tables, chairs and decorations for this gathering but when Thanksgiving arrived only a third showed up even though everyone had confirmed earlier that they would come. In her frustration she was determined this would be the last Thanksgiving where so much food would be prepared.
My friend has such a loving heart for people. She knew throwing out the food was not an option so she called a friend who maintains an elderly housing facility and asked if it would be okay to bring this feast to the residents. Her friend was so excited and grateful.
As I continued to listen, I told her God already had a plan for the leftovers. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you…”
Think about this: God already knew who would show up to the Thanksgiving dinner. God knew my friend would cook for the size of an army. God already knew who would enjoy the leftovers!
God loves us so much that He takes care of the smallest details. God knows!
As we celebrate the Christmas season, remember John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
As I read about Christians being persecuted in other countries I have often asked how would I handle persecution? As I watched Christians being beheaded by the terrorist group known as ISIS, I could see that these Christians were praying relentlessly. They knew what was about to happen. Make sure you have no doubt about your salvation. If given a choice to deny Jesus and live OR confess Jesus and die WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE?