Choose to Believe

I love Christmas movies, and there have been a lot of new ones this year. I just watched, as I am sure many of you did, Dolly Parton’s movie, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen it, but, at one point Dolly’s mother prays this prayer, “Oh, Lord, we are here. I don’t know what your plan is for me and these children, but I choose to believe that you’re going to save us.”

Have you ever been there? Have you ever been to the place where things are so bad that you have to choose to believe that God is there with you? If you have, you are not alone. All throughout the Bible, we are told time and time again of people who chose to believe in difficult circumstances.

•    The prophet Habakkuk chose to believe in spite of financial problems.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

•    Job chose to believe when he lost everything but his life.

Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him. (Job 13:15)

•    Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose to believe in the face of physical harm.

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. (Daniel 3: 17-18)

•    John chose to believe after much suffering.

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

•    Mary chose to believe even when she couldn’t understand.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)

Often when we are in the midst of our problems, faith may not be our first reaction. We have to will ourselves to have faith. We have to choose to believe that God is still God and that he is able.

This Christmas season whatever difficulties you are facing choose to believe. Don’t let your circumstances steal your joy. Choose to believe in the child of the first Christmas. Choose to believe in the man he became. Choose to believe that he is your savior, redeemer, and friend. Choose to believe that he cares about you and your situation personally. He was faithful to the people of the Bible, and he will be faithful to you. He is trustworthy and worthy to be praised! Joy to the world!

Sue Potts

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