Chariots and Christmas Peace

What does a chariot have to do with Christmas? Chariots are not part of the Christmas story. They usually have to do with transportation or war back in biblical times.

I think we all have been bogged down by the events of our national election – or at least I have. I have prayed. I have fasted. I have repented. I have stewed. I have churned. No peace there. The peace of Christmas seemed to mock me.

One evening when I was in knots the Lord graciously reminded me of Psalm 20:7, “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord our God.”

My focus had been on “horses and chariots” – no wonder there was no peace. I had to readjust my focus. I had to turn my focus on to the great name of The Lord God – Jehovah. His name is mighty. It is powerful. He is in charge. He is still on the throne. He has a plan and it is good.

Mary and Joseph’s world was one of turmoil – to say the least. But they trusted God. Think about it. Mary is 9 months pregnant needing rest and the comforts of home. But the ruler of the day decided to take a census which meant they had to travel back to their home of origin – by donkey. And the roads – paths really – were teeming with others trying to get home.

They didn’t know what the future held. They lived in an uncertain world. They had each other and they had Jehovah God. They didn’t trust in horses or chariots – they didn’t have any. They had God alone.

And that was enough! Is it enough for you? For me? This Christmas, let’s put our future in the hands of the Almighty God who loves us desperately and has a plan that is good.

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