The world equates grandeur and power with showy displays of wealth, force and excess. Worldly success is measured in mega-numbers, whether dollars in bank accounts or bodies in church pews. Music is blasted at deafening volume, and even food is super-sized.
But God, the source of all power, wisdom, love and light 1 John 4:7-8; 1 John 1:5, is often understated and subtle when He speaks. If you’re distracted by the world’s fanfare, you can miss what He has to say. He spoke to Elijah not in the roar of the wind, in the shaking of the earthquake or the blaze of the fire, but in a still small voice 1 Kings 19:12.
God first brought His only begotten Son, Creator and Ruler of all, to this earth not as a conquering warrior, high priest, or revered king, but as a lonely infant. The Son first appeared not in the battlefield, temple, or palace, but in a filthy stable, born among the animals Luke 2:7. His first utterance was not a declaration of leadership or an eloquent sermon, but the helpless cry of a newborn.
Yet that humble beginning marked the greatest story ever told – Emmanuel, God with us Matthew 1:23. God the Son left His throne in Heaven, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35, and wrapped Himself in human flesh. His earthly life and ministry reflected self-sacrificing love, forgiveness, humility, and self-control. He was born not only to teach us about God the Father, and about how He wants us to live, but He was born primarily to die. He could have summoned legions of angels to rescue Him from an agonizing death Matthew 26:53, but He went meekly as a lamb to the slaughter Isaiah 53:7, Acts 8:32 arguing nothing in His own defense.
His holy, sinless life was the perfect, and only, sacrifice that could reconcile Holy God to sinful man 1 John 4:10. As His death on the cross paid in full the punishment due all our sins, past, present and future, He redeemed us from sin and death. When God the Father looks at those who trust His Son, He no longer sees our sins, but only the perfect righteousness of His Son Romans 8:1-4.
He died not just to pay for our sins, but to rise again, that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life with Him in Heaven John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13, and abundant life John 10:10 the moment we repent of our sins and place our faith in His death, burial and resurrection 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
But for us to receive the full blessing of being in His perfect will, we must hear what He has to say. If our own voice clamors for attention, we will drown out His still, small whisper Psalm 46:10; Zechariah 2:13. If we fill our life with our own grandiose plans for accomplishments we believe we can achieve in our own strength, there will be no room for Him Ephesians 2:8-9. Yielding to Him, preparing our heart to receive and cherish Him, will allow His light to shine through us Matthew 5:16 and His living water to flow through us to bless others.
If we are king of our own life, we, like Bethlehem, will have no room for the Holy Infant, Emmanuel Luke 2:7. We must decrease so that He can increase John 3:30, our lives becoming vessels emptied of self and filled with His glorious presence. We should rejoice in our frailty, knowing that His strength is made perfect in our weakness, allowing His power to rest on us 2 Corinthians 12:9. My prayer is that each of us will receive the Gift of His Son 2 Corinthians 9:15, and that we will give back to Him the gift of our own lives, so that our fleeting tyme on earth James 4:14 may be transformed from our own inconsequential purposes to His eternal glory Romans 5: 1-2; Romans 15: 5-7;15-17; Philippians 1:11; 1 Peter 5:10; Psalm 84:11 .
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
*Resource” Laurie Collett