Among the gods, there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Psalm 86: 8 – 10
Isn’t it sad that just as we have heard in the last few years, there is much criticism and controversy over using the words, “Christmas”, “Christ”, “Jesus“, and even “God“. To be “politically” correct, it is believed that these terms should be totally eliminated from our vocabulary. Even more sad is to read that the belief in the virgin birth of Christ is evidence that some Christians are becoming “less intellectual” than their secular, more open-minded neighbors.
One writer even stated, “The evidence of the virgin birth is so shaky that it pretty much has to be a leap of faith to believe in its occurrence.” I think the second part of that statement is probably the wisest thing this author has ever said. Yes, believing in God requires faith.
Our faith in God is the core of our Christian faith, for Scripture tells us: “We live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Believing in the very essence of God and in His divinity depends upon our faith. Christianity is filled with mystery and awe, and we know that “God’s ways are not always our ways” and that we may never understand this all knowing, all powerful, ominipotent being, but for those of us who truly seek Him, know Him, and trust in Him, there can be no doubt of His existence and presence in our lives.
We don’t have the answers of how or why things occur, but we do know that our God is bigger than we could ever imagine. Only God knows what is in our hearts and what will happen to our souls. But I can’t help but think, if we don’t have a place for a God who is capable of performing miracles, who can create life, and sustain it, how can we possibly even believe in God, His Word to us, or even Jesus Christ’s divine nature as the Son of God?
The early Christians came to believe in God based on what He did and said in light of the Old Testament prophecies concerning His people, His promises, and those about our Savior and Lord to come. Most Christians accept this story on faith, but we also believe because of what He has done in our own lives.
I have a deep and abiding knowledge of God’s presence in my life. I have experienced it. I have seen and felt His comfort, love, peace, hope, and grace, and I have the assurance that He will never leave us.
It is the core of our Christian faith that God has entered our world as a human life in the body. It was a divine event that we may never be able to comprehend or understand, but in knowing God’s essence – his power, glory, and sovereignty over our world, we can accept it on faith.
It is indeed as the angels said in announcing His birth, “We bring you good news”, for what could be more comforting than knowing that the God of the universe fully understands what it is like to be us, to be human and to feel the emotions we feel. When we struggle with the challenges and discouragements of life, we have the assurance that our God understands.
Because of the Christmas story, we have the story of the cross and the gift of salvation and His grace. It is a story of what God has done for us and promises to do for all eternity. May we glorify Him and praise his most holy name this Christmas season. “For He alone is God.”
Our most sovereign Creator and sustainer of life, may we never become so wise and worldly that we fail to see the miracles of your presence on earth and in our lives. We thank you for the wisdom and understanding you give us to know by faith that you alone are our God. Amen