As we are less than a week from Christmas, I want to ask you a very important question. What is your focal point? Are you staying focused on the real reason for the season or have you gotten all caught up in the stress of things this month and allowed that stress to rob you of your joy? It is so easy to do, with all the church events, school events, shopping, decorating and the list could go on and on. We may wish for a stress-free life but we all know that isn’t possible.
One of my devotions earlier this month spoke to me in the area and I pray it will speak to you as well.
Make me the focal point of your search for security. In your private thoughts, you are still trying to order your world so that it is predictable and feels safe. Not only is this an impossible goal, but it is also counterproductive to spiritual growth. When your private world feels unsteady and you grip My hand for support, you are living in conscious dependence on Me.
Instead of yearning for a problem-free life, rejoice that trouble can highlight your awareness of My Presence. In the darkness of adversity, you are able to see more clearly the radiance of My Face. Accept the value of problems in this life, considering them pure joy. Remember that you have an eternity of trouble-free living awaiting you in heaven.
So as you finish out this week, make sure you are staying focused on Him and whatever comes your way, know He has it all under control if we will just trust Him!