Let There Be Joy - Day 1

Let There Be Joy Podcast - Day 1

We thought we'd get you in the mood for Christmas with a song and video by Chris McLeod. Enjoy the music as you read today's blog post and Bible verses!    {ChrisMcLeodMusic.com}

It’s Christmas!  The most wonderful time of the year!  What makes this season so miraculously wonderful is not the scrumptious holiday cookies nor is it the lavish gifts … it is not the reindeer who dance or the shoppers who spend.  Christmas is not defined by the decorations … not by the parties … and not by chestnuts that roast on an open fire.

Christmas is wonderful because of Him … because of a Baby that was born long ago and yet continues to live on in the hearts and lives of millions who dare to declare, “Let there be joy!”

Let’s go on a journey to Bethlehem by taking a lingering and delicious look at the Christmas story found in the Bible.  The historical account of the birth of Jesus didn’t start in Bethlehem or even in Nazareth ... but it began with an elderly couple who knew the deep fulfillment of living wholeheartedly for God.

The Bible describes Elizabeth and Zacharias in the loveliest of ways:  “They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.”   - Luke 1:6

Elizabeth and Zacharias, had been married many years and yet still had no babies.  The heartache must have been wrenching for this man of prayer and his wife, but the Bible records they continued to walk blamelessly in every aspect of their relationship to the Lord.

For the priest Zacharias and his faithful wife, Elizabeth, there had been no 3 a.m. feedings, no messy diapers and no sweet giggles and baby smiles.  Their life did not turn out the way that they had hoped for or prayed for.

How do you respond to disappointment?  Do you use it as an excuse for over-indulgence or griping and complaining?  Although Elizabeth and Zacharias had empty arms and dashed hopes, they continued to serve God wholeheartedly as the years continued to pass.

The Bible says that the prayer of the righteous one avails much!  (James 5:16)  When you continue to live a righteous life ... and continue to pray ... your prayers will get the job done.

The Bible also says that the righteous live by faith. (Hebrews 2:4)  Elizabeth and Zacharias continued to walk by faith and not by sight.

Elizabeth’s name actually means “God is my Oath”.  Elizabeth believed the promises of God long after others would have given up in frustration.  She believed that God was listening to her prayers while her friends cooed over their own babies and then decades later experienced the joy of rocking their grandchildren to sleep.

I hope that the first lesson you will learn in the Christmas story is to be patient with God.  Trust God even when your circumstances are challenging.  Continue to live a righteous life through days of disappointment.  Pray fervently and believe that God is listening to your prayers.  Continue to embrace a positive heart attitude when you don’t get your own way.

Allow the steadfastness of Elizabeth to remind you that true believers walk by faith and not by sight.  Although she was barren, she continued to believe in the promises and nature of God.

Bible Reading: (click on the Bible verse to open in reader)

Luke 1:1-7

James 5:16

Hebrews 10:35-39

Let There Be Joy in Me:

For what are you praying? 

What are some of the healthy responses you can embrace while waiting for God to answer your prayers?

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