Scroll through your social media feed and you’ll notice people pulling out Christmas decorations way earlier than they normally would.
If you’re someone who has been hanging up stockings while the smell of summer BBQs still lingers in the air, then I say, more power to you, friend. It’s been quite the year. And if you want to beat the blues with some red and green a few weeks (or several months) early, then … Amen.
But even as I consider just how soul-sappingly weary we feel of this pandemic and the restrictions and the uncertainty we find ourselves wrapped in, I think about when the Christ Child first came.
The Bible says that “when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son.” (Galatians 4:4)
And when was that right time?
Was it a time when people welcomed him? Nope. In fact, the Bible says, He came to His own and His own did not receive Him.
Was it a time when the political climate was perfect? Nope. In fact, He was born as a Jew just when the Jews had come under the dominion of a foreign power.
Was it a time when as a people we were right with God? Nope. In fact, the Bible says that we were enemies of God, dead in our sin, darkened in our understanding.
And yet Christ chose to step into that chaos.
We live today in a world where anything is but right. The air is thick with the muck of the last year whether it be ugly politics, violence, disease and destruction.
But Christ still comes into this weary world.
And the weary world can still rejoice. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
He brings hope to our hopelessness, healing to our hurts and wholeness to our hearts.
This Advent, let’s welcome Hope into our weary world. Join me in my 25-day Bible Plan, “Making Space” on the YouVersion Bible App. If you prefer to download it on your device, you can also click here.
From December 1st, all the way to Christmas Day, let’s make it our intention to focus on the hope that Jesus brings into this weary world.
Let’s make space and clear the clutter for Christ.