This month, we are celebrating the many reasons for the season. We are kicking things off with the most important reason of all: faith.
As a child, my sister and I could never sleep the night before Christmas. We would stay awake for hours in anticipation for what Santa might bring us!
Wide-awake at the crack of Dawn, our expectation for what had possibly been left under the tree was unbearable! It’s hard for me to forget that feeling because; well, I’m twenty-three years old and it’s still every bit as exciting!
As I await the blissful month of December and all that it brings, I can’t help but think of how the world must have felt in anticipation of the Savior. The ultimate gift that the Lord promised in His word, to reconcile a broken world to Himself through His precious Son! Can you imagine keeping faith during a time all hope seemed to be lost? Faith that our King would indeed come to save the world?
The same goes for us today. Keeping faith daily is a challenge! Whether it is an unknown future, needing the Lord to provide financially or faith that He will show up in the darkest hour, His plan is far bigger and better than our wildest dreams! But what is Faith? Scripture says in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” During my study of the book of Hebrews in seminary I had a professor, Charles E. Stolfus, who said, “Faith is against sight not reason.” It was as if these words flew out of his mouth and penetrated my heart. How true is this? Often we think of faith as jumping out of a plane not knowing if our parachute will open, but in all actuality we need to have faith in the small things, in every area of life. Faith may be against sight, but it’s not against reason.
What is the reason? For me, the reason is Jesus. Jesus is the only reason worth keeping faith. Chad Hampsch, VP of the Kanakuk Institute, said: “ Our Faith is not just in faith itself, but in truth.” As I waited up all night on Christmas Eve for what seemed like an eternity, my faith in anticipation for gifts was resilient. I yearn to keep this same faith in my walk with the Lord today, rooted in truth. The truth of His promises written in scripture will come to pass. There is long suffering in the wait. Waiting in faith is not to cause suffering, but to prevent it. It requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within unanswered questions and lift the heart to God relentlessly.
'Tis the Reason!
- Chandler Mann
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