As I watched the classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens starring Jim Carrey, multiple thoughts ran through my mind but what caught my attention was the phrase, “speak comfort to me!”
The first ghost that visits Ebenezer Scrooge is his old deceased business partner named Jacob Marley. Jacob is there to warn Scrooge how he will indeed endure the same fate unless he changes his ways.
Jacob said: “‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?‘”
Scrooge replies: “Jacob!” he said imploringly. “Old Jacob Marley, tell me more! Speak comfort to me, Jacob!”
“I have none to give,” the Ghost replied.
Just as Scrooge knew the error of his ways, we know ours. As Christians, how often do we approach the word of God with the same posture, “Speak comfort to me, God!”
As Christians we can be dragging around chains from the past, in some cases we can be forging new ones. Chains come in all shapes and sizes; God might be asking you to alter your lifestyle, stop sinning, how that sin is manifesting itself is irrelevant. As we walk closer with God the sanctification process gets more demanding, what was once perceived as kosher can turn into nonkosher as we progress in our understanding and revelation from the Holy Spirit.
Discipleship is a narrow path and the cost at times seems high. Consciously or subconsciously we want God to approve of our lifestyle when the cost appears too great. God speak comfort to me and approve these chains.
“Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”
God wants to break chains, not approve them.
Scrooge asked the last ghost, the ghost of yet to come.
“Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?”
God has told us in His word that He is coming back and will judge the nations. These are shadows of things that will be, what happens to us are things that may be only. It’s conditional, have we accepted Jesus Christ as our saviour and Lord? If you have accepted Christ, your relationship with Him shouldn’t only be built upon, “speak comfort to me.” Often He does but it’s never to approve something that He cannot approve of.
2020 is fast approaching, I want to encourage us to start the new year with running after God. There are things that may be only. The choice is ours, but I do implore you to choose wisely before Christ stands before you and you ask Him to speak comfort to you; His reply might be: “I have none to give.”
As it is said: Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.