December 20, 2022

God’s Help is for Real People

Have you ever heard—and maybe you’ve said it yourself, “Do your best and God will do the rest.” In truth we are saying, first we should put in all the work. We should at least show God we are trying to do something on our own; at least make an effort to accomplish something, make something happen before we call on him to help us, and because we are so resourceful then maybe God will have pity on us and help?
There is no better time than Christmas to remember God’s invitation to those wearied from trying to do their best or their part. Those carrying burdens too heavy for them. Those needing rest and release from their own efforts, which have gotten them nowhere. That little baby in the manger had a lot on his shoulders even before he entered this world; he had the weight of a lost world and misguided people to bear, people who instinctively seek answers elsewhere before turning to God for help.
God did not send Jesus so we could keep using our own resources until they are depleted or relying on our own energy until we are worn to a frazzle. He sent Jesus so we could have One more powerful than ourselves, someone to bring our burdens, have someone who understood we have nothing to contribute, no answers, no way out, no solutions, no anything to make things better.
God sent Jesus so we would know prayer does not need to be our last resort but what we are doing constantly. Jesus was and is God’s way of showing us he hears, he sees, he cares, he understands, and he is near to help us.

Dear God, true faith does not mean turning to you when we can no longer function ourselves but turning to you first and always. Amen

Christmas Spirituality
Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-30)

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