Written by Georgetta Hed
“…. Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14)
At the age of 12 I knew very little about God, I believed He existed and that was it! I read many stories about God but couldn’t understand how He interacted in the lives of people if He was invisible.
One rainy thunderstorm night, I learned experientially the power of God’s presence. I was terrified of thunderstorms and this particular summer night we had a major thunderstorm. I can still remember each thunder making a loud noise and the crackling of the lightning that lite up my room leaving me crying with fear of dying. I didn’t know what prayer to pray that night, so I cried out to God in fear “God help me, I don’t want to die!” That night was monumental for me! The Lord helped me immediately. I heard him say “I will never leave you!” I felt His presence for a moment or two and then drifted off to sleep immediately for the first time ever during a thunderstorm.
As a child I cried out to God, He heard me and drew near to me with His peace and comfort. God still hears the cries of His children of any age when they call unto Him. Whatever your fears seek Father God for help to carry you through the storms of your life.
James 4:8 instructs us to “draw near to God and He will draw to you.” We draw near to God in our prayers and from within our hearts, and when we do, Father God will manifest His presence to us personally. Moses couldn’t imagine life without God’s presence so he prayed to God to know His way and for favor for himself and the nation (Exodus 33:14-15). God answered Moses in v.15 “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” Like Moses we too can know God’s way and experience His presence. Are you in need of rest from the storms of life, then draw near to God and He will draw near to you, His presence will carry through those storms.
Written by Georgetta Head
As the 1st century approached the world, we discovered the Jewish nation’s life was very dim and bleak. It’s been almost 400 years since they heard a “word” from God. Most of the people knew of the prophecies spoken many years ago by the prophets of a coming Messiah, so where is He? Where is this Messiah spoken of by the prophets? Were they wrong, did they speak falsely?
The Jewish nation then was invaded by the Romans and their cultural influence was also now mixed with Greek, there seemed to be no “hope” for the survival of their nation. One can only imagine the thoughts of the people who were under the control of a then cruel nation.
Not too far away, in the town of Nazareth, a young virgin maiden by the name of Mary was busy going about her household chores. As she worked her thoughts were on her upcoming marriage! She would soon be married to a carpenter by the name of Joseph. They have been betrothed for almost a year now and their wedding day was fast approaching, much still need to done, she thought.
While Mary was busy in thought, suddenly an angel by the name of Gabriel, sent by God, appeared before her. Gabriel greeted Mary with the most beautiful and welcoming words that every woman desires to hear “Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women” (Luke 1:28). Mary became puzzled by this greeting, so Gabriel comforts her with the most amazing words of “fear not Mary: for you have found favor with God!” He doesn’t stop there, he continues his message from God with “and behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Imagine 400 years of silence from God and when He does speak, He sends an angel to deliver the message to Mary with the news of a Son to be born.
Mary’s response to the angel, “how shall this be seeing I know not a man? The angel explains how it will be and tells Mary “for with God nothing shall be impossible.” The hope for the world is “for with God nothing shall be impossible.” God, through Gabriel, told Mary she has been called to carry the Son of the Most High God in her womb. What an honor! She will carry God’s Son, who will be born a King with an everlasting Kingdom! Mary’s response to Gabriel is most astounding for a girl of her age; “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word” (Luke 1:38)
Friends, the birth of King Jesus is “hope” for your family! The birth of King Jesus is “hope” for world peace! The birth of King Jesus is “hope” for eternal life! Jesus is the “hope” the world is seeking!
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