Christmas: "not by might"
By Elizabeth Kendal
Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB)
Interposed as the smallest of beings (an infant);
He was born in a most humble abode (a stable);
laid in a most unbecoming crib (an animal's feed trough);
in a most insignificant little town (Bethlehem);
observed by the meekest of witnesses (shepherds).
Yet Jesus Christ was heralded by angels - visited by wise men and His presence truly terrified the king Herod.
Truths stand in tension:
He is Servant, yet he is Sovereign;
He is humble, yet he is holy;
The Lamb of God is the Lion of Judah.
It should come as no surprise therefore, that prayer and promise, not power and politics;
divine covenant and compassion, not human conspiracy and connivance;'returning and rest . . . in quietness and in trust' (Isaiah 30:15),
not arrogant independence and fearful travail are God's appointed means for deliverance.
When we contemplate the meekness of the infant Christ-child this Christmas, may we who know the awesomeness of what Jesus Christ achieved (2 Timothy 1:10), and the sovereign majesty which he attained (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 3:22), find our faith enlightened, encouraged, emboldened.
For truly, it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the LORD (Zechariah 4:6b) that we shall see deliverance.
By faith . . . by faith . . . by faith . . . by faith . . . (Hebrews 11).