Counting down to December 25, are you among those with more on your to do list today than when you started? We may describe ourselves as tired or busy, but would we would also say, “restless”?
Restlessness implies being perpetually in motion; constant activity and moving to the next perceived important or urgent thing to do. Ironically, the Christmas season should be the most restful time of the year, if we focus on the reason we have Christmas and the gift it brings to us. It is a season where peace is proclaimed and we are the recipients of good tidings with great joy, yet, we are restless.
In Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) four realities accompany the prophecy of the birth of Christ, as Isaiah declares who Jesus is and what He will do.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness, from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
Could these truths could be the antidote for our restlessness? See if they cause you to stop and ponder how you can access rest despite busyness.
Are you looking for guidance and wisdom as you deal with priorities, activities, and relationships this season?
He is our Wonderful counselor.
Do you have obstacles to overcome or a schedule to manage?
He is our Mighty God.
Do you feel alone, disappointed, or excluded?
He is our everlasting Father.
Are you torn in directions trying to please people, or are you in a relational conflict?
He is the Prince of Peace.
It’s unlikely you’ll hear Psalm 136 read at Christmas events, but it describes the works and wonders of God. The refrain after each verse is “His steadfast love endures forever”. Steadfast: steady and unwavering. God’s love: unconditional and sent to earth for us.
Sounds to me like a calming force for restless as do the four titles of Jesus.
Can you find time today to meditate on the four titles Isaiah spoke of and how they can minister to you in your restlessness? Then head over and read Psalm 136. In the restlessness of the season, be reminded God’s love is steadfast, never wavering, and always present.