December 19, 2013

God Stooping to Communicate

John 1:1-14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
—John 1:14


We all know the pain when communication breaks down. This is true not only in our human relationships but also in our relationship with God.

The world is hungry for divine guidance, as we can see by the popularity of fortune tellers, channeling, and spirit guides. People look for communication with spiritual powers but do so in the wrong places.

Or maybe you feel that God won’t hear your prayers. Maybe something in your past makes you feel that God doesn’t care or that a holy God wouldn’t welcome someone like you.

The good news is that God is a God of communication. God is constantly revealing himself through creation and the Bible. And Christmas shows how far God has come to communicate his love for us.

In Jesus, God humbled himself and stooped to our level. Imagine a powerful king getting down on his belly to smile and speak baby talk to his newborn. God’s approach to us goes far beyond that. He is the infinite Creator entering into his creation to reveal himself on our level.

Will God hear your call? Does God want to communicate with you? Yes—so much so that he took the initiative, bridged the gap, and stooped to our level. In Jesus, “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

Lord, thank you for coming to us on our level to communicate with us. Deepen our prayer life and help us listen. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

About the author — Calvin Aardsma

Calvin Aardsma has been a pastor for more than thirty years. He has served churches in Indiana, Oregon, and the Chicago area. Currently, he is a pastor of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. He also serves on the board of the Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund. Cal and his wife, Sandy, have four children and five grandchildren.

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