“7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.”
As soon as the Christmas trees go up in Target and Christmas music begins to play – some of us get anxious about all the work, money spent and people we have to be around during the holidays.
Even for normally cheerful people, we can feel a sort of melancholy mood settle in. Christmas blues are created by unmet expectations, broken relationships, overwhelming to-do lists and exhaustion.
Retailers oversell many of their products. They tell women they deserve diamonds. They tell teens they must wear certain name brands and they make toys look amazing in the commercials, but after 20 minutes of trying to wrestle a beloved toy out of the box, the children cast them aside and head back to their crayons and construction paper as usual. The diamonds may never come and the wrong name brand might show up in the gift bag…then what?
Some of us start out well. We are excited about all the wonderful days ahead and we volunteer to lead things and plan to make 10 different types of cookies, do elaborate wrapping and decorate our homes to the hilt. But come December 26th – we are drained.
Christmas is a hard time of year for so many of us who have an empty chair at the table because of the loss of a loved one.
For others – there’s someone in the chair you really wish –wasn’t there. And still for others, it’s a time of loneliness or of reflecting over the past year and it can be overwhelmingly emotional.
Hours and hours spent attempting to create a dreamy Christmas can be dashed in just a few seconds by one cutting word from a loved one or a burnt casserole.
Emotions are not dependable. They go up and down like a roller coaster. Life is a series of valleys and mountain tops – ever changing from season to season.
But one thing is unchanging – God’s Word.
As we see in Psalm 19 – God’s word is sure, restoring our soul. And during this season filled with so many emotions, we must look to Jesus and his Word for a firm foundation.
Isaiah 9:6 says:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Baby Jesus in the manger is not a warm fuzzy story for our children. He’s a strong fortress for you and me to cling to!
This child born in Bethlehem – the Savior of the world – is OURS!
He exceeds all expectations! He fulfills all His promises! He is the reason for all of our to-do lists and decorating and shopping and baking! He is our cause for rejoicing.
But when He gets lost in the shuffle, the Christmas blues settle in.
Do you have the Christmas blues?
We must take time to drink from the living well – the living waters of God – and be women living well as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The Lord knows our need to be restored every.single.day.
Do you need revived? Read God’s Word. (v7)
Do you need wisdom? Read God’s Word. (v 7)
Do you need joy? Read God’s Word. (v 8)
Do you need enlightened? Read God’s Word. (v8)
God’s word is sweeter than honey. Friends, that is SWEET!
God’s word is to be more desired than gold, even much fine gold.
John Piper writes:
If you have a choice between the Word of God and GOLD, choose the Word of God. If you have a choice between the Word of God and MUCH gold, choose the Word of God. If you have choice between the Word of God and much FINE gold, choose the Word of God. The point is plain. The benefits of knowing and doing the Word of God are greater than all that money can buy.
Let the Christmas blues draw you to God and His Word. Fall on your knees in worship to Him.
“If you have a better relationship with the Lord at the end of the holiday celebrations, you have had a very successful holiday.”
~ Penny Thrasher, Putting God Back in the Holidays
Walk with the King,
Do you struggle with the blues at Christmas?
How do you combat them?
What scripture do you go to?