All These Things and More

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

Do you have a nativity scene somewhere in your house? Maybe just a small ceramic set sitting on the fireplace hearth? Or do you go all out, with a 3/4-scale wooden stable out in the yard, complete with glowing electric plastic Mary and Joseph? Even if you don’t have a miniature First Christmas tableau on your property, you probably know someone who does, and you no doubt pass a dozen of them every day. While they may cause controversy here and there when a city hall tries to put one up, the Nativity scene is a fixture of the season, and is generally loved even by those who care not one whit for the spiritual side of the holiday.

And that’s kind of a shame. Not because there’s anything wrong with Nativity scenes. (I hope not; I have one at the foot of the Christmas tree in my living room.) It’s just that Christmas is often the only time of the year that people are exposed to the Son of the Most High God, and the only image they see of him is that of a tiny, helpless baby in a straw-filled manger surrounded by smiling sheep and donkeys. And while that is one small aspect of him, my God is so much bigger than that.

Yes, our God was once a baby, resting in his mother’s arms. But he is so much more. Look at the aspects of God we’ve explored over the past week. Our God is the wise teacher who meets us in times of silence and solitude. He is a loving Comforter, showing compassion to any who call on him. He is a strong, stable shelter in times of trouble. He is the Savior beckoning to the lost to come to his side and be found.

He is all these things and more. He is bigger than Christmas. He is bigger than the year you just experienced, whether it went swimmingly or whether it was the darkest 365 days of your life. He is so much more than the Christmas baby that inspires an awwwww. Our God created the universe. He is a God that inspires awe.

Help me to see you for who you really are, Lord, not for who I want or expect you to be. More importantly, help me to show others just how awe-inspiring you are.

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