2 Corinthians 1:20
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”
I read a short parable the other day. It asks us to imagine we are holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into us and we spill our coffee everywhere.
It asks “Why did you spill the coffee?”
Our first response would be that someone bumped into us. The parable tells us that is the wrong answer. We spilled the coffee in the cup is because there WAS coffee in the cup.
The point of the parable is that people will bump into us and likewise – life will rattle us. If there was water or tea in the cup that is what would get spilled.
We are like the cup. Life is uncertain and has challenges and when they appear we can either spill out love, peace, happiness, contentment…or we can spill out frustration, anger, despair, uncertainty.
It is easy to seem like we are full of love, peace, happiness, and of course contentment, until we find ourselves being knocked over by life. That’s the place where the proof is really in the pudding.
Our scripture today reminds us that ALL the promises of God find their Yes in him.
We will face adversity. Becoming a Christian doesn’t secure a pain free life. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that we don’t get bumps, bruises, or challenged less frequently. Life still comes at us at a thousand miles per hour like everyone else. What our scripture reminds us today though is “that is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his Glory.” We don’t have to, we get to.
Christmas is a difficult season for many. It is a season where we find ourselves still grieving for the loss of loved ones, ended or failed relationships, perhaps struggling to do enough with little resources.
It can be, for some, a season of being bumped and bumped and bumped. In fact, some of us will fake our optimism and happiness just to get through the season. It is what we think we are supposed to do.
Sometimes the one’s smiling the most are often the very one’s hurting the worst. Let us remember our brothers and sisters in Christ this Advent season who are suffering. Let us pray each day for those in our church and in our community that face uncertainty and perceived hopelessness this season.
Let us be reminded this Advent season that we are preparing for the birth of the One who defeated death. The one who came to die so we may live. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Rev. Lou Ward
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