Blue Christmas

  1. God will give strength to his people, so they can walk confidently with him.
    1. We can walk along treacherous, unstable paths with the strength and stability God brings us through his son, Jesus Christ.
    2. Read v19 in your Bible and see how God strengthens his people.
      1. Habakkuk recognized that he was dependent upon God, not upon his own ability (19a).
        1. Read Philippians 4:10-13: [10] I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. [11] Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. [12] I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. [13] I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
        2. Paul knew how to be content, whether in plenty or in want. The source of his strength & contentment was Jesus. The secret of making it through a blue Christmas is Jesus.
      2. Habakkuk describes his strength from God as stability amidst instability (19b).  I like this because he doesn’t use a lot of triumphant language. He just talks about standing.
        1. Read Matthew 7:24-27:  [24] “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. [25] And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. [26] And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. [27] And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
        2. When judgment was to rain down upon Habakkuk and his people, He knew there would still be a sense of stability, for his hope was in God, not in this world and all it’s advertising, marketing and toys.
    3. Application:
      1. To the stressed out, perfect Christmas idolator: You are trusting in a situation and in fallen, sinful people to give you hope and they cannot deliver. You are trusting in an image of Christmas that isn’t real. Your focus is on the gifts of God (family, food, luxuries) rather than the God of Gifts. The purpose of the gifts is to see God, not to see the gifts as God. You are missing the point and you must repent and quit ruining Christmas for everybody else.
      2. To the believer who is walking in darkness this Christmas: You are trusting in a situation and in fallen, sinful people to give you hope and they cannot deliver. The holiday schedule makes a lousy god. Your children make lousy gods. Even if you had the ability to scatter hundreds of toys at the feet of your kids like little idols from whom you crave approval, it wouldn’t make your Christmas better. You would merely accelerate your kids’ journey toward “brat-hood”. Whatever you wish you had to make your Christmas better, Jesus is better than that thing. Fill in the blank of this statement: “If I only had______, then Christmas would be better.” Then fill in this one: “Even if I had ________, Jesus would always be better.”
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