December 3 Devotional

Any time we enter the month of December, I begin to think about the day when Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem 2,000+ years ago.  Isaiah the prophet said that we would call Him “Emmanuel.”  What a beautiful word to describe what happened.  Here we all were wallowing around in our sin and guilt and hopelessness, when God came to live among us.  Here He walked, talked, cried, laughed, held babies, healed, taught, and showed us all what God would look like in flesh.  God truly dwelt among us, and we were and are amazed.  The psalmist wrote these words that to me are almost poetic describing our condition before Jesus came: “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:1-4).

 

Help came to those of us trapped in the muck and mire of our own sin.  No matter where we turned before Christ, all we found was more of the same.  Religion cannot provide a solution, because all the religious leaders are sinners just like us.  A good job cannot provide the peace that we long for in our soul.  Success, education, possessions, etc. could not give us what we were looking for in the miry clay we found ourselves in.  Only Emmanuel – God with us – could provide all that we needed and the ‘life-preserver’ that we were looking for.  Once we have received this Savior for ourselves, we will have that “new song” that is spoken of in verse three.  Please don’t keep silent about the Savior Who reached down to you when you were trapped in the mud and mire of your sin and pulled you out!  Tell someone about Him today.  This world we are walking through today is desperately searching for an answer to their problems.  You have the answer in Jesus Christ.  Tell them the good news.  It’s too good to keep to yourself!

 

When I was a teenager, I helped one of my uncle’s dig a bull-dozer out of a muddy pit he was trying to make into a pond.  With shovels, we dug for about seven hours straight trying to free up the tracks of that bull-dozer.  Every step we took during that day was one that sucked our boots off our feet.  When we finally got the dozer free, I was so thrilled to stand on solid ground!  Those trapped in their sins today have that same desire.  Tell them of the One Who changed your life … while they still have time!  This world needs the Savior we know today.  Sing your song of deliverance for them!