Bramhall Baptist Blog December 2020

In this season in the lead up to Christmas, the world is living in the hope of seeing family at Christmas and in the hope of an effective vaccine so we can resume our normal lives.  As Christians, we need to remember that our hope is in God, the one who came into this world in helplessness as a baby, and yet rose from the dead, victorious over the powers of sin and darkness.   It is easy for us to get distracted, to fill our lives with the busyness of so much to do, yet we need to remember to keep our focus on God.


At the coming of Jesus, God turned lives upside down, He offered mankind the opportunity to walk in a new way with Him. Is it possible that as our lives have been turned upside down, maybe God is trying to get our attention.   Maybe He doesn’t want us to resume our normal lives, but He wants us to ask Him what we should lay down, what new things we should take up.


John tells us in his gospel that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us when Jesus came as a baby.  The Old Testament is full of references to God dwelling with, living amongst His people.  But for us to know Him in a deeper way, He asks us to dwell with Him.  Psalm 91 v 1 says “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.  If we want the rest, the peace, that God is offering us, we need to learn to dwell with Him.  That means spending time with Him, reading His word, talking with Him in prayer, joining in with other Christians as much as we are able to do at this time. 


In this time of difficulty for so many people, do we choose to dwell on the news?  Do we dwell on the difficulties we are all facing?  Or do we dwell with the God who offers to walk with us day by day?


Ruth Meal