“Why?” is one of the
first questions little children instinctively ask. And we continue to ask “Why?” throughout our life. Perhaps there is no realm in which “Why?” is asked more often than in the realm of God and the
Bible. For instance, “Why did Jesus leave heaven and come to earth as a man?”
Entire books have been
written in an attempt to answer that question, but we can answer it partly this way: because the Old Testament prophets said God would become incarnate on earth. In other words, if Jesus had not been
born as a Messiah-Man, the prophets would have been wrong. There are hundreds of predictions in the Old Testament concerning the first advent of Jesus of Nazareth, all fulfilled by Him. In fact,
Jesus Himself told His disciples that the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms all spoke of His coming. And they were right.
Why did Jesus come as a
man? To keep God’s prophesied promises to send a Savior into the world. Vance Havner has written, “No Bible subject hold more practical implications than the matter of prophecy.”
I invite you to think
on these things as we look to the Season of Advent.
Oswald Chambers, in his
book, My Utmost for His Highest,
wrote, “There are certain things we must not pray about – moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking.” He wasn’t telling us never to pray for better attitudes, but he was
stating a basic emotional reality. We must take charges of our moods and kick the bad ones out of our hearts and minds. Just as importantly, we must open the door and usher in some better attitudes
and let them rule in our hearts.
Gratitude is a choice
we make. It’s a command to obey, for the Bible tells us: “Be thankful.” Remembering and reflecting on God’s goodness is one of the blessings of thanksgiving. Take a moment to think about a situation
that’s causing you distress. Somewhere among the feelings of hurt, fear, anger, or anxiety, somewhere there are some things for which to be thankful. What are they? List them, thank God for them, and
let the peace of God rule in your heart.
Oswald Chambers also
wrote, “We have to take ourselves by the scruff of the neck and shake ourselves, and we will find that we can do what we said we could not … The Christian life is one of spiritual