God’s Word for Today: Hell. This time of the year, Christmas season, no one wants to talk about hell. It is not a good word. It is not a word we ever want to think about. Especially right now, when we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We are busy buying gifts, attending company parties, making travel plans, and hopefully are able to focus strictly on giving. We have a lot to do in the next couple of weeks.
But, there are those, this time of year, that face hell. They have no one to go see on Christmas. Through bad luck or self-induced not good luck, many feel the weight of their choices this time of year. Others, and I witnessed it many time in the Nursing Home, just plain feel abandoned and alone. Each person has their own individual hell that in a season of giving and love, cannot see a way they will ever again receive either one of those things.
There are many, many depictions of hell. Fire and brimstone, a red devil with pointed ears and a pointed tail including a pitch fork on fire. Some famous paintings depict neck deep in boiling whatever, or massive amounts of various forms of never ending torture. I don’t know what your vision of hell is. I know what mine is because I have seen hell. Been there, done that.
My mom had the best description of hell that I ever heard. Of all the theologians and ministers that have had indepth amounts of education and training, my mom who strictly did what God asked of her, knew exactly how to define hell.
Mom explained it this way: “Hell is right here on earth. It is not buried in the center of the earth in endless fire. Hell is available to anyone and everyone, every day, right here, and right now.” Mom was right. We easily can find our own personal hell today. It is not something we wait for and face after we die. It is living and breathing and inviting to all. Many are those who are already there, and want really bad for you to join them.
I stated earlier that I have seen hell. I have not only seen hell, I have lived hell. I walked right into hell on my own. No one persuaded me, I chose it on my own. And, there are those who personally want me to stay there because they feel I deserve hell. I can’t blame them. Can you relate?
Isaiah 9:2. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
Hell, darkness, deep, depth, pit, it is all the same. It is not good. I would like to hope that none of you have ever, or will ever experience it. But, if you look close, you have already either been there, or have gotten a pretty good glimpse of hell.
The Christmas season, is not only a time of giving. Christmas is also a time for seeing the first glimmer of a great light. The only way out of darkness is light. Jesus’ birth was marked by a great light. Jesus himself is the Light.
Today, if you are one of those who have been there, done that hell thing but have received the Light given to lead you out of darkness, it is time to share that Light with someone else. Somebody today, really, really needs you to bring them a Light. Find someone today who needs your time. Someone whose Christmas does not seem like a reality. Find the one person that could use some Light in their life. Not judgment, not ridicule, not criticism, just Light. If that one person is you, you are not alone. Jesus is with you right here, right now. Jesus is the Light you need. Look up, God is making it shine just for you…………………….
Prayer: My dearest and most precious Heavenly Father, I know what hell is. Forgive me for finding my own way there. You have been nothing but good to me Lord. I am sorry I turned my back on you, God. Thank you for giving me Jesus. Thank you for the Light of Grace and Forgiveness. Thank you for your Light of Love. And now Lord, I ask that you guide me with your Light so I can help guide someone else out of their own hell. In Jesus’ whose birth gave us all a Light, name I pray. Amen.