The Christian Public Servant – “the difference is faith”

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December 6, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading

Isaiah 7:14 [NIV] Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Genesis 1:1 [NIV] In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Reflection

Faith. We’ve just started a new season of faith. It’s not the only season of faith in the Christian calendar, but this is a special one because the Advent season announces the coming of Christ. For most Christians, this is “the most wonderful time of the year!” For others, however, it’s a period of dread and sadness. Here the difference is faith. We all have difficulties in our lives, and in our jobs, but it is faith that sees us through.

Faith. The coming of Christ – Advent – centers on faith in the virgin birth. Is it difficult for you to have faith in this miracle? Do you think it’s just a misreading of the prophet Isaiah? Do you also doubt that God created the heavens and the earth?

Faith. Having faith in His creation makes it easier to have faith in the virgin birth. And if you can believe in the One who was born to a virgin, then He can change your life. He will come to you and heal you – even if others cannot see your wounds. Truly the difference is faith. You don’t get through the difficulties by looking for a god elsewhere. You get through the difficulties by believing in Immanuel, the “God with us.” That is why, this is a season of faith.

Faith. Whatever baggage you carry to work today, or whatever burdens you take home tonight, remember: the difference is faith. Believe in the miracle of His birth, and miracles will happen to you.

Faith. Today at work, spread this season of faith! Faith in Him alone. Yes, the difference is faith.

Prayer

Dear Lord, please forgive my unbelief. Help me believe more than yesterday. I have faith that You are Immanuel, and You will heal me from the pain I experience. Help me spread this season of faith so that others will come to know Your love better than ever before. Faith. In Your name, I have faith and I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager
Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA

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