The Lord Is Come
You’ll have to forgive me if I’m in the Christmas spirit. As I sat down to write, I kept these words kept going through my mind: “nor thorns infest the ground.”
I knew it was from a hymn, but couldn’t remember which one so I looked it up and it’s “Joy to the World” (known as a Christmas carol). This song is so much more powerful than just one season though. We get to rejoice in the incarnation of Christ and what it purchased for us any time.
Here’s the simple verse with a powerful revelation.
“No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.”
Those are powerful words. Sins and sorrows can no longer increase because He lived and died and lives again. Our root of defiance and disobedience that released futility in our work and lives–the thorns that infest the ground can no longer grow.
Why? Because He comes. He didn’t come (past tense) and He won’t just come (future tense). He comes to make His blessings flow, and as He does, He eradicates the curse, which is the binding up of our hearts, minds, and souls by sin and the systems and thinking of this world.
We still get the choice because He loves us and wants us to show love in return.
God has never been indifferent to humankind’s root defiance of him and root disobedience to him and root ingratitude… a posture wherein our “know-it-all” smirk casts aspersions on his goodness, on the goodness of his promise to us and his claim upon us. His claim upon us is rooted in his promise to us; his promise to us is rooted in his own heart. Heart and promise and claim are one in wanting only to bless us. –Victory Shepherd, December 1997 (emphasis mine)
I’ve been one for the smirk, but it just drives me away from my curse-breaker, my thorn-remover. When I remember that His claim on me is not about control or manipulation, that it’s about the fulfillment of His promise, my heart leaps and I rightly rejoice. His entire being is poised and positioned to bless, which is why He calls us to live the same way. He doesn’t have to pronounce judgment on us, all He does is allow us to go our own way and the absence of Him is the absence of blessings.
Yes, joy to the world. He is come and He comes–through you and through me. We get to experience some pretty exciting stuff.
His blessings are flowing. How are you seeing Him work today?