Hebrews 13:5 – I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.

With confidence we can say the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. We are living in questionable times. Many of the certainties we have known in the past have disappeared. More and more uncertainty grips the hearts of people. As we have considered before, God is shaking everything. Only the unchangeableness of Christ cannot be moved. It is in His promises every believer can depend. We must draw near to the Lord through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to receive the confidence necessary in these challenging days.

As we move toward the Christmas season, it is vital that we seek the wisdom of God regarding finances. The world will be working hard to draw people into debt. The world will play on our emotions, both through guilt and greed. The Scriptures state, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5a). Perhaps this is a time for simplicity rather than extravagance in terms of material things. During this season, I want to seek the Lord for a greater simplicity in my lifestyle and an increase of extravagance in terms of consideration and love of others. Would you join me in greater expressions of gratitude to our heavenly Father for His blessings and increased expressions of love toward others?

The Lord desires to draw closer and closer to us. The willingness of our heart to give the reigns of our life to Him is what draws the Holy Spirit into increased intimacy with us. He is waiting for our invitation for Him to draw near. There are times when it feels like the Spirit of God has taken leave. He really has not, for He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He waits for us to be desperate for His presence. It is a prepared heart that the Lord desires, not a need for a momentary fix.

As we prepare for the Christmas season, be reminded how the Lord spoke through the prophets of old concerning the day He would dwell among His people. He looked forward to the time He would be among those who named the name of the Lord. His desire has not changed. He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell our lives, filling us with the presence of the Lord. He so desires to draw close during this time of remembrance of His birth long ago. Let us first remember to seek Him and invite His presence among us. Next, let’s remember others above ourselves. Finally, let us reach out to those less fortunate, even as the Lord reached out to us.

Father, again I give thanks to You for all Your multiplied blessings in my life. Your love to me is so undeserved, but I receive it with gratitude. Work deeply in me that I might communicate Your love to others. I stand in the knowledge that You will never leave me nor forsake me.