“Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save. Declare what is to be, present it – let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.’” All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. But in the LORD all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exult. – Isaiah 45:20-25
If you turned on the television on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you could see Christians celebrating all over the world. No matter where they lived, people were rejoicing and singing that God had kept his promise: “Christ the Savior is born.”
Now, twelve days later, the gifts have been opened, the tree is getting old, and we are back to work. Did it make any difference?
Around the world, people are still bowing to idols of wood. They are still shamefully paying attention to money or pleasure more than they pay attention to the Lord. We are still tempted to join them.
But when we realize how pointless it is to live without Jesus, we run away from the ignorance around us and become “fugitives” for Christ. We come together again to worship the true God – he is the LORD who supplies us with righteousness and gives us strength. He is the only God who is our Savior.
Our knees still bow at the thought of God’s miracle in the manger, and our tongues still pray prayers of thanks for his peace.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for filling our hearts with the peace that the world cannot give, the peace that comes from Christ our Savior. Amen.