When I Think Upon Christmas – Devotional
Have you ever prayed to God had heard nothing? It can cause feelings of abandonment and shame all rolled into one empty feeling. God’s people probably felt that way too before Jesus arrived on the scene. We know from history that several hundred years before the birth of the Savior, God was silent. No prophets, no miracles, not word from the Lord at all—just silence. Do you think God’s people were discouraged? Perhaps the thought all hope was lost. Maybe they had given up on God altogether.
But then, in the most unexpected way, in the most unlikely place and time, the answer to all their questions, fears, and hopelessness appeared.
If you are feeling like God can’t hear you, remember that He works in His timing, not yours. Jesus came exactly when He needed to. All of the silence of heaven was not an abandonment from God, but a preparation for God. Emmanuel, God with us.
So, when you have seasons of silence, thank God for the promise of the miracle to come. Worship the One who came to break the silence in our hearts and, with all glory and power, forever silence the enemy’s hold on you.
Silence Brings Promise – Sermon Outline
- Promise Revealed in Creation – God created everything from nothingness and silence.
- Promise Revealed in Death – Jesus conquered death and sin, going to the silence of the grave and returning in glory and redemption for all who believe.
- Promise Revealed in Salvation – In our lostness, we cannot hear from God. But when we accept Him and turn in repentance, we can see His glory and hear His promises in our lives.