Devotional

Not consumed…

Pick any day of the year and countless themes might threaten to consume us. The holiday season seems to up that pressure tenfold. Not only are we consumed, we also carry the title: consumers. As we hit the shopping malls and big box stores we consume so much which leads to being consumed.

We become consumed by planning the picture-perfect-pinterest-party for family, making sure all the food is just right, the decorations are “beautiful, the gifts are spot-on.

We become consumed by fliers, social media adds, apps dinging on our phone reminding us the latest sale, the newest gadget we all need.

We become consumed by to-do lists, by running kids here, there, and everywhere, by all the ways we don’t measure up.

We become consumed by the feeling that this is not what we really want Christmas to be about.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
(‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:21-26‬ ‭NIV; emphasis added)
Not consumed.
Those words seem to jump off the page. Oh, of all the things that threaten to swallow us whole, there is a thing that can keep us from being wholly consumed.
Love.
Specifically the never-failing love of God.
Because of that love we don’t have to be consumed by ANYTHING this Christmas season. We can stare Satan down and declare, “Not today, buddy. Not any day. This does not have to consume me because nothing can keep me from God’s love.”
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
THOSE are some words with power! Those are some words that we can cling to and declare when things start to overwhelm… I will NOT be consumed. I will call this truth to mind, I will set my heart on hope, I will get my eyes focused on Jesus, the Christ-child, the One this whole holy-day is actually all about!
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are NOT consumed.
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Need a little reminder like I do? Below are photos I created that you can save to set as your desktop or phone background.
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