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"Bold in Weakness"

December 22, 2004

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“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12

How should God enter our world? We would probably have lots of suggestions. With all the terrorism and violence, we could suggest He come with His mighty power and wrath. Or perhaps God could send a Saviour who would mightily destroy those who wreak havoc in our beautiful world. At the very least He should come as a mighty force to destroy evil and bring peace to the world.

But to come as a helpless baby, one of the most helpless and dependent things in the world? How absurd! Why would God send a baby? Yet God was bold to do just that. His plan was never to come by force and might, to win the world for Himself. He works His plan through the weak and little things of the world and shows His glory to us.

He enters as a weak baby, just as each of us does. But in this child He will accomplish—yes, has accomplished—His most wondrous and glorious plan to bring peace to men. So helpless a child, He had to flee the envy of a violent king. But was He helpless? No! He would accomplish His purpose and save His people from their sin: “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Prayer: Lord, You are a wondrous God and Your ways are astounding. Help me always to see
Your grace working through the weak and where I would least expect it. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Speak up boldly for the Lord aware that He works even through my frailty.
Rev. Jorma Tuomisto

Today's Bible Readings: Esther 6-8    Revelation 13

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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