December 27, 2017

Exodus 15:1-21; 22-24; 16:1-3

Ugly Emptiness

Oh, how the Israelites sang praises to God! How they rejoiced at their deliverance and God’s provision for them! They knew their God was like no other and his power was unmatched. But then, as circumstances in their world changed, so did their view of him. All of a sudden, his act of parting the Red Sea to rescue them didn’t matter because now the water they had to drink was bitter. Their words of praise turned to words of grumbling. They no longer wanted God to rule their lives but longed for the slavery that used to be their ruler.

We are so much like them, aren’t we? We sing carols inviting others to “come let us adore him,” and then just days later, our songs cease. We spend time daily looking at Scripture for Advent, but once Christmas day passes, we move on to our routine, perhaps even neglecting daily thoughts about our God.

For a few days or weeks, we celebrate and enjoy the time waiting for and proclaiming the birth of our Savior. But when it ends, we move on with daily tasks, hoping next year, the warmth of that time will return to our hearts and minds.

The God that rescued the Israelites from Egypt was still alive among them in the desert. The God that came to earth as a baby 2000 years ago is still alive and among us today. The God we praised and enjoyed during December is the same God who has promised to return for us again!

Sure the lights are packed away and won’t come out for another 11 months, but our God is not in a closet. His light shines brightly among us!