And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. And his delight shall be in the fear of Jehovah; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears Isaiah 11:1-3 ASV
I remember as a child waiting with strong anticipation for Christmas morning to arrive! It was all about the presents. Seeing those neatly wrapped, strangely shaped parcels of impending pleasure topped with a bow and addressed specifically to me was almost too much to bear just sitting untouched under the Christmas Tree. (Except for my brother; he was the master of previewing other people’s presents!) It was all I could handle to contain my excitement as the days creeped closer to that magical moment when we would rip into those packages to see what our nearest and dearest had chosen for us this year. Sure, we would give our parents a list; but there was no way to know for sure until those gifts were unwrapped to know just what we had received.
As I am considering the anticipation of the arrival of Christmas Day tomorrow, I am struck by the awesomeness of our God. I mean that in the way that I am truly full of awe and wonder at the amazing gifts my heavenly Father has gifted me over the course of my whole life, but also in the eyes of a child who would say, “That’s awesome!” after having just received a Ninja Turtle Nintendo game!
God is that really cool Dad who whispered to His children hundreds of years before the Christ child was born, “I am giving you the BEST.PRESENT.EVER and I am going to share the details of it with you long before the world will receive it. It is a gift shrouded in mystery and wonder, but it is a promise whose fulfillment will change the course of humanity for an eternity. He is a gift the likes of which no eye has seen nor ear heard. He will walk among you in Spirit and truth, and will be fully equipped with the Holy Spirit to face any adversity including death itself. His name is Jesus. Merry Christmas, you’re welcome!”
God gave His people the inside scoop through the prophet Isaiah about the greatest gift the world has or will ever know. How the Hebrew people must have waited in anticipation, knowing what was to come. Talk about the longest Christmas Eve ever!
Here’s what’s amazing, though. Our Father gave us Jesus; the way to eternal life, the atonement for all our sins and the ultimate means to be reconciled to God so that we may have a way to be in relationship with Him. And if that wasn’t enough, He is still giving gifts to His children through the Holy Spirit. You only need seek Him and ask. He has wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and the fear of the Lord available to us.
I pray that the anticipation of this Christmas Eve be sweet for you as you wait upon the Lord for His good gifts, and that you get to experience the fulfillment of His promises to you in the upcoming year. Blessings!