Holidays Ahead

This sign “Holidays Ahead” could be meant for well-wishes or for cautionary measures. It is up to each individual as to which way this sign points. For the well-wishes, it is certainly clear in Scripture that blessings and edifications are always part of the believers’ behavior and conversations. A favorite blessing of many is found in Numbers 6:24-26.

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

As a young man with his first job and car, I would run out the door only to have mom come to the door behind me and stop me and quote this blessing as I hurriedly jumped in the car to go to school or work. It has become an integral part of the fabric of my life because of that constant repetition.

Another blessing is found in the little book of Jude (24, 25).

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Another form of blessing is found in the word edify.

Romans 14:19

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

May our sign “Holidays Ahead” be an admonition to bless and edify. However, our sign could be a caution sign—a warning. It is quite possible for the believer to get so caught up with holiday activities that the work of the LORD comes to a standstill. It is very dangerous to the believer to let his guard down at any time, but especially during holidays when temptations are magnified.

Once we knew a lady who attended church regularly, but when July the fourth came around and the annual family gathering at the riverside, she fell into an old habit of drunkenness. Of course, she would be repentant afterwards, but next July, the scene would repeat itself. The holidays brought much grief to this believer. This lady would have been better off never to have returned to the riverside after she got saved, but she just couldn’t see doing the family that way. Although family is important, one’s spiritual relationship with God is eternally more important.

Luke 14:26

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Interpreted, we could say that our love for the LORD makes our love for our family look like hate. That is a great divide. Here is a caution for “Holidays Ahead.” Don’t let your love of family come before your love of God. ‘Holidays Ahead’ could mean to some, “be careful, watch out, temptations to backslide abound in these days.” Happy Holidays; yield not to temptation.