“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:28-29 NIV).
God knew you needed a Savior so big that the entire Milky Way couldn’t hold him.
God knew you needed a Savior so tender and caring that you’d turn to him during times of pain and suffering.
Centuries before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Isaiah announced that God would send his Son to Earth. This was 700 years before the very first Christmas.
He told us the Savior would be both powerful and personal—and he’d be strong enough to save us, but also tender and loving.
Most impressively, God tells us that Jesus would have a personal relationship with us.
It’s an amazing prediction.
God tells us this in Isaiah 40:
“Shout louder—don’t be afraid—tell the cities of Judah, ‘Your God is coming!’ Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power; he will rule with awesome strength . . . He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young” (Isaiah 40:9-11 TLB).
Again, Isaiah didn’t predict just Jesus’ gentleness but also his enormous power.
“Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust in the scales; He lifts up the islands like fine dust” (Isaiah 40:15 HCSB).
Then Isaiah got personal, and he applied the coming of Jesus to our lives today.
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing . . . Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:26, 28-29 NIV).
I don’t know what problems you’re facing this Christmas. I don’t know what burdens you’re bearing. I don’t know what grief or fear or anxiety or confusion you may be feeling right now, but I do know this.
Your Creator is there for you—with the power of a tsunami and the gentleness of a baby, born in a manger 2,000 years ago.
MY PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE is unfolding before you. Sometimes the road you are traveling seems blocked, or it opens up so painfully slowly that you must hold yourself back. Then, when time is right, the way before you suddenly clears—through no effort of your own. What you have longed for and worked for I present to you freely, as pure gift. You feel awed by the ease with which I operate in the
world, and you glimpse My Power and My Glory. Do not fear your weakness, for it is the stage on which My Power and Glory perform most brilliantly. As you persevere along the path I have prepared for you, depending on My strength to sustain you,
expect to see miracles—and you will. Miracles are not always visible to the naked eye, but those who live by faith can see them clearly. Living by faith, rather than sight, enables you to see My Glory.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory. PSALM 63 : 2
We live by faith, not by sight.
2 CORINTHIANS 5 : 7
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed,
you would see the glory of God?”
JOHN 11 : 40
Give Your Attention to Jesus
Did you know that Jesus shows up in your life all the time? The Bible says he’s around you all the time; his spirit is there but you don’t recognize him. He shows up in other people and what they say to you. He shows up in opportunities. He shows up in problems. He shows up in difficulties, but you don’t know it because you are not paying attention.
Actually, this is really common. It happens in the Bible. People fail to recognize Jesus. For instance, Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. Not knowing who Jesus is, she engages him in a religious debate. Jesus says, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10 NLT)
This happens to us. We don’t recognize Jesus when he’s around us. The Bible says he’s always near, but we don’t listen. We don’t tune in to his presence.
Here’s why we need to pay attention to Jesus. He will focus us on the things that are truly important and that will change the way we handle every relationship, task, and circumstance in our lives.
When you learn to live in light of eternity, your values change. You use your time and money more wisely. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame or wealth or achievements or even fun. Your priorities are reordered. Keeping up with trends, fashions, and popular values just doesn’t matter as much anymore.