How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. Isaiah 52:7-9
Here we are smack dab in the busiest time of year, with demands all around and expectations to make it a great Christmas for those we love. It’s often said moms are the heart of the home. Many traditions and memories are built on what moms do and don’t do during the Christmas season. Talk about pressure! So, in our efforts to prepare our homes with a heart for Jesus and meaningful family traditions, we pull up our bootstraps and get on it…or we look for peace by simplifying and just getting through it.
I’ve been meditating on Isaiah 52:7-9. I’m struck by three powerful truths that prepare a heart and bring lasting meaning to Christmas.
- Beautiful are the feet that bring GOOD NEWS. In the midst of the chaos that surrounds us, we can easily forget God sent His only Son Jesus to save us from sin so that we can live as co-heirs with Jesus forever. This is good news! In preparing our heart for Jesus it’s easy to forget, He saves! If we’ve put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are saved from the penalty of sin and the power of sin that separated us from our Heavenly Father! May this good news never get old! When you bring the good news to those around you, it’s beautiful. Often times we want to bring good Christian living principles, family traditions, or religious practices in an attempt to prepare our hearts. Nothing will prepare our hearts like remembering that Jesus loved us so much He left the glories of heaven to make a way for us to be with Him forever.
- Our God Reigns! What are you facing this year, this season, this moment? Whatever it is, the good, the bad, the devastating or the mundane…our God reigns! He is reigning over it, He will never leave you nor forsake you and He is absolutely in complete control. Rest in the One who is reigning and is for you! When the cookies don’t turn out, our God reigns! When the dinner is a smashing hit…our God reigns. When family members quarrel and fight and don’t get you…our God reigns! When finances are tough and Christmas looks different this year…our God reigns. When your husband comes home and tells you he wants a divorce….our God reigns. When family members reconcile after years of silence, or don’t…our God reigns. God is reigning in the good, hard, devastating, unknown, and mundane. God sees it all and He’s got whatever situation you are in today under control. Trust Him.
- Burst into songs of joy together! We are saved by the God who is reigning! That is reason to burst into songs of joy. Too often we’re weighed down by our present circumstances, allowing the truth of who we are and who has saved us get buried beneath the current worries of this world. Instead of seeing God through our circumstances, see your circumstances through your God who has provided a way for you to overcome, who is reigning and who promises us that the troubles we face now are nothing compared to the joy ahead. Burst into songs of joy and let the songs penetrate your soul and renew your confident hope this Christmas season.
Want your home prepared for Christmas? Bring the good news of Jesus, remember your God reigns and crank up the music, singing songs of joy from a heart that believes!
Merry Christmas dear friends! May Jesus be ever present and may you be more assured that our reigning King loves you so much!
By: Kelly Vance