finding the light of christmas: guiding light
Merry Christmas! We continue with our series Finding the Light of Christmas. We hope that you are finding the power of God’s light shining upon you as we go through this season. This week the sermon is Guiding Light. Sometimes finding our way can be difficult. Despite our access to GPS, if we lose the signal, then it will not work and we are left to make our own way. Usually, this happens at the worst possible moment when we are in a wilderness area! What about finding our way emotionally, spiritually, and morally? We have plenty of voices, commentators, and blogs to give us direction, and at times they can offer help. Yet, we still feel lost and as we look around, it seems that the world has lost its way. Rather than hope, we find despair. Rather than compassion, we find conflict. Rather than love, we find hatred. Does God want it to be this way? Not at all! This is why we celebrate this season! God wants to point us in the direction of finding joy, hope, peace, and love! He wants us to find our true spiritual home. Our scripture this week is from Isaiah 7:4-14. The prophet Isaiah gave a powerful and guiding Word of God to Ahaz, the king of Isaiah. The nation was being attacked by two other kings and it was a fear-filled time. Yet into this darkness, fear, conflict, and despair comes a sign of God’s power, not just for Ahaz, but also all of us! It was the guiding light of Emmanuel, God with us! Our prayer for you is that you will find this powerful light leading you through the valleys of despair, the crevices of conflict, and the dark night of fear as you read Isaiah 7:4-14!
Isaiah 7:4-14 Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood– because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it.” Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘It will not take place, it will not happen, for the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is only Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people. The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.'” Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the LORD to the test.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)