Don’t rely on batteries this Christmas

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16 December, 2018Simon Dent

Trust can be a rare commodity these days. Some people think the only thing they can really trust is themselves and even that is unstable ground. Our happiness is dependant upon being able to trust, but who and what can we trust? The answer is clear when we come into relationship with God through Jesus. Amid all the false promises and noise of this world we need to be reminded that we can trust Jesus. It’s a reminder we need daily if not for our heads then especially for our hearts.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,

    to know the word that sustains the weary.

He wakens me morning by morning,

    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;

    I have not been rebellious,

    I have not turned away.

6 I offered my back to those who beat me,

    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;

I did not hide my face

    from mocking and spitting.

7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,

    I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,

    and I know I will not be put to shame.

8 He who vindicates me is near.

    Who then will bring charges against me?

    Let us face each other!

Who is my accuser?

    Let him confront me!

9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.

    Who will condemn me?

They will all wear out like a garment;

    the moths will eat them up.

10 Who among you fears the Lord

    and obeys the word of his servant?

Let the one who walks in the dark,

    who has no light,

trust in the name of the Lord

    and rely on their God.

11 But now, all you who light fires

    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,

go, walk in the light of your fires

    and of the torches you have set ablaze.

This is what you shall receive from my hand:

    you will lie down in torment.

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