Proverbs 25:25 “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”
Abraham and Sarah had heard the good news from a far country, a heavenly country. They looked for that city whose builder and maker is God. They desired that heavenly country; they did not desire the world, they desired a better country. In their eyes, they were strangers and pilgrims on this earth, bound for a country far better than this world could ever afford. Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, and He has prepared them a city. They heard, embraced, and believed the good news (Hebrews 11:8-16). This good news radically transformed their lives. While they only saw a shadow of the Christ to come, we have the reality of more than a shadow, Christ has come. Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Christ promised those who believe in Him everlasting life in the mansions which He is preparing for us in heaven. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house, are many mansions …I go to prepare a place for you… I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). Our eternal life is now, it is knowing the only true God and Jesus whom He sent (John 17:3) Have you drank deeply of this living water?
The shepherds heard the good news from that heavenly country. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. . .Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:10-11, 14) The good tidings were as cold waters to the shepherds’ thirsty souls. The nation of Israel had waited centuries for the coming of their Messiah, and now He was here.
1 John 4:14 “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” Through faith in Him we have this peace and goodwill the angel proclaimed (Romans 4:20-5:1).
Abraham, Sarah, and the shepherds had thirsty souls. The message of Christ’s birth is good news from heaven, but is your soul thirsty for it? Is it as cold waters to your soul? I will be the first to admit, that I become callous. I forget how awesome the news God’s great love for me is, but when I am still before Him allowing Him to speak to me through His Word and in prayer, it softens my heart. I am filled with gratitude for the God, whose love for me and all people I do not understand (John 3:16, Luke 2:10). Let’s not be callous. Take some time to be still and know that God is God. Then share His love and His words of love with someone else. This good news of the Holy birth will become even sweeter to you as you do (Hebrews 3:13). God designed us to be social creatures. He created us for fellowship with Him first, and then for fellowship with others too. As Abraham, Sarah, and shepherds did, let the good news motivate you to act upon what God has done and what He has promised.
Praying you all have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the reality of this good news from afar. Merry Christmas!