When God first created the heavens and all that is in them, He focused attention for a time on earth, as recorded in Scripture. He filled our planet with crops and grasses, fruits and fish, and animals of every kind. After crafting Adam and Eve he rested, reflecting back over what he had done, saying, It is very good.
As with all of the things that God created, it didn’t stay good. In fact, the story of Scripture is about God stepping back in from time to time, altering the picture. The stories of the Great Flood and the Tower of Babel are two stories of God’s corrective action.
From the promise of reclamation, to Eve after the Fall, the Bible records God’s hand moving alongside man’s history, shaping and changing the path as we move toward Jesus. When things are moving in a direction that satisfies Him, we may not hear much about God in the story, as in the story of Ruth. But as things run amiss, God steps in, like a miraculous parting of the Red Sea. Other times He is recorded as raising up from obscurity some individual to use for a purpose, like Gideon, Jephthah, or David. There were times the purpose was obscure but important, like Abigail. Other times it was direction changing, like Hannah.
We begin, in the entire world, to focus this month on God’s great redeeming action in sending Jesus into the world to offer hope to the lost human race. Don’t look at the statuary of cute angels, nativity sets, or twinkling lights in a dismissive manner. These are all efforts that people have made at some point to acknowledge that God has done well.
To be sure, lots of folks miss the point. They may be clueless as they string lights around their homes, never thinking about the representation of the heavenly stars and a Star in the East… Don’t be that person.
They may purchase endless gifts, meaningless trinkets for casual workmates without ever reflecting on the gifts brought to a baby, and the greatest gift of all delivered from heaven. Don’t be that one.
Pay attention and share hope this month.