In the midst of the holidays, here in the land of plenty, we may feel an extra burden toward being cheerful and having the happy holidays that everyone is wishing we would have. However, land of plenty notwithstanding, some of us face a difficult time this holiday season. It could be a holiday season burdened with the emotional difficulty of facing the loss of a loved one. It could be a trying holiday season of financial or physical difficulty, facing the loss of income or health. It could be a holiday season that involves spiritual trials, if sin or doubt has left a devastating wake in our lives or the lives of those we love. Whatever the case may be, the holidays are not always happy!
God’s people, people of faith, have always faced times of difficulty (Psa 90:10-12). Most of us have felt overwhelmed by life on this cursed earth, at some point, and while we were down, we felt the world kicking at us. Some of us may be facing such times this very holiday season?
Part of the mysterious power of God’s word in our lives is the way it gives us clear perspective. God is eternal and there is no part of our lives or trials in this life that His holy word does not offer us insight and truth to lead our hearts to Him.
Psalm 62 tells of a time when David feels like a leaning wall, a tottering fence, a man assaulted by the world, when he is already down (Psa 62:3,4). In this psalm and at this sad time, David has a talk with himself, a talk with his own soul, and an exhortation for God’s people:
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from Him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge….
One thing God has spoken,
two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
12 and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Surely you will reward each person
according to what he has done (Psa 62:5-8, 11-12).
Our strong and loving God, the LORD, will reward those who have depended upon Him, who have trusted in Him, who have found hope in Him, and have poured out their hearts to Him. For, He has been their refuge, and they will be rewarded for their trust in Him! Let each of us remember, during this holiday season, the Rock of our salvation and the God who is our refuge!