On Sunday evening, December 6th, we will celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah. The story of Hanukkah is a wonderful story of light in the midst of darkness, faith in the midst of a hopeless situation, and an uncompromised faithfulness. It also tells of the mighty victory for those who put their faith into action, and did not bow down to the world, but rather remained faithful to the one and only true, living God.
Often times, we underestimate the LORD’s power and faithfulness in the midst of a seemingly hopeless situation. We focus on the mountain that stands before us, and allow fear of men to control us rather than keeping our eyes on God, the One who can move the mountain! In the story of Hanukkah, we learn once again of a small group of faithful people who weren’t willing to bow down to an idol, and were not willing to allow the fear of men to control them; they took action and ended up defeating a mighty army, and rededicating the Temple back to God.
Often times, I hear various excuses from people for their lack of willingness to put their faith in action simply by obeying the LORD. They claim that, “It’s not the right time,” or “It’s not wise,” etcetera. The sad thing is that many of those who say this will never fully experience the awesome faithfulness of God in the same way as those who willingly obey Him immediately, and without delay.
Would you like to not only know about God in theory, but also to know Him in reality? One way you can is simply by applying what you believe through action, and start trusting Him who is standing beside you to give you the wisdom and strength in every given situation. My brothers and sisters of the faith, it is time for us to stand firm against the growing wave of godlessness in our world. We have opportunities every day to put our faith into action; there is still a time of grace, however short it may be, none of us can tell. But each of us must make a choice: God or the world, fearing God or the world, serving Him or the world.
“Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. “And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14-15
We have nothing to fear – our hope is in Him alone!
Shabbat Shalom and a blessed Hanukkah!
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