1. GOD MAY PROVIDE MORE THAN WE EXPECT.
Matthew 1:18-21 18This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
GOD PROVIDES IN AMAZING WAYS, AND YET:
2. GOD’S PROVISION OFFERS US PEACE.
Isaiah 9:6-7 6For 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. 7Of 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.
Jesus Christ is called the Prince of Peace because He alone is able to provide peace:
ABIDING PEACE COMES FROM A RESTORED RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND OTHERS.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
HIS PEACE PROVIDES US THE ABILITY TO LIVE HEALTHY LIVES—BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.
Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
John 14:27-28 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 28You heard me say, “I am going away and I am coming back to you.”
3. GOD’S ULTIMATE PROVISION IS LOVE.
GOD’S PLAN WAS TO SEND HIS SON TO BE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
John 3:16-17 16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS JESUS TALKING ABOUT? The kind that Pursues, Values, Sacrifices, and Provides.
Psalm 23 1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER: