Luke 2:10 (KJV) 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Jesus’ incarnation is good tidings. It’s good news, not bad; it’s good news of great joy, not of deep sadness; it’s offered to all people, not just a few.
When one realizes it, there really is no gift greater than Jesus; there’s no experience more valuable than being saved; there’s nothing that brings joy to hearts of people greater than having Jesus living in us, being 100% sure of spending eternal existence in the presence of the One Who loves us most and we love most in a perfect place.
Salvation is God’s free gift for all. We have received Him. We now enjoy all the wonderful blessings included in the saved life. No life compares to the life of the saved. No greater love, no greater joy, no greater peace. It’s a life of one blessing upon another. All sufferings, persecutions, and trials associated with godly living are dwarfed by the glorious favors God has for us—here, and even more so, in eternity.
2 Peter 1:10 (KJV) 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
We are humbly grateful to the LORD our God and heavenly Father for giving us assurance of our salvation. We don’t have to guess; we don’t have to doubt; we rest in it. We don’t take this lightly; instead, we “give diligence to make our calling and election sure.”
How do we do that? Praise God, he makes it very clear: “5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Diligence as a believer is of tremendous importance. Resting in Jesus isn’t the same as being lazy and passive. We bear the Spirit’s fruit by diligently working out what He’s working in. We’re told repeatedly by people not to doubt our salvation; we’re also admonished by the Scriptures to test whether or not we’re in the faith, and to confirm our calling and election. By doing so, through His empowerment, we stand strongly and walk faithfully.
Psalm 125:3 (KJV) 3For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
God’s supreme governance over the affairs of humanity or the entire creation is a source of the many encouragements and comforts we as believers have. We do have differences of choices when it comes to who shall lead a nation. The choice becomes hard when you have to choose between two godly candidates. But it becomes an easy decision when choosing between one that stands for more evil and one that stands for more good.
There comes a seeming threat when the majority favors the ungodly choice. That’s why we rejoice in God’s sovereignty. He makes the determination as to who to set up as the head of a nation. Another very reassuring reason to rejoice is the basis—at least one of them—as to who God chooses. He bases it on the people, more specifically, His people. When the land is identified more as of the righteous, God makes sure the wicked’s rod won’t hold sway.
He cares for the righteous—His people. He leads us not into temptation. He knows our frame; He remember that we are dust with much frailties. He’d rather not get us close to the mouths of roaring lions looking to devour us. That’s why we pray that we get our acts together. We as His people humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways—sincerely, truly. As He promises, He hears, forgives us, and heals our land.
John 6:45 (KJV) 45It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
God clearly speaks to us through nature, His prophets, His Word, and His Spirit. He is the Source of all truths; He is the ultimate Teacher. We listen; we learn; we get a glimpse of Who He is, a very small glimpse into His immeasurable love, His incomparable beauty, His inscrutable wisdom, his unlimited power, and His mighty works, but more than enough for us to be passionately attracted to Him.
A hidden and detached God would have not benefited us; but we’re greatly blessed because our God and heavenly Father, though bigger than the entire vast universe, greater than all principalities and powers, exalted—high and lifted up, takes it upon Himself to reveal Himself to us. He evidently shows His amazing handiwork all around us so those of us who earnestly seek, find. He masterfully arranged and designed everything so that He can teach His children well.
We seek Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. To those of us who faithfully do, He shows Himself “fully.” One of the gentle ways He draws us to Him is by divine revelation. Wise people aptly choose to draw towards the beautiful and good. What hungry soul won’t run to the Bread of Life? What dying soul won’t run to Life Eternal? What troubled soul won’t run to the Prince of Peace, and what battered soul won’t come to the One who walks on water and stills the waves? We who see, we who hear, we who learn come.