Do you believe in God’s promises?
I’ve always found it interesting how the birth story of Jesus is only a few lines in Luke. As a writer and someone whose love language is practically in the details, it kind of bothered me how Luke left much to the imagination when describing the birth of Jesus.
I found myself wanting to know where exactly He was born, or what the weather was like that night. Or what about the first 29 years of His life before His ministry began? Was He working with His dad? Was He spinning out miracles in His
I always yearned to know what Jesus was like as a child. Did He play with other kids? Was He extroverted or more introverted? Did he always obey His parents? Were other parents jealous at how well-behaved He was?
The questions are endless.
While reading the Christmas story this time around I realized something important.
There might be a lot missing from the childhood, but what was most necessary and impactful was said: a long-time coming promise was fulfilled.
Over and over again the prophets in the Old Testament prophesied that a virgin would give birth to a son, who would be called “Mighty God.”
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel,” Isaiah 7:14.
“For to us a child is born, to
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days,” Micah 5:2.
Then we read in Matthew 1:8-23 as the prophecy is fulfilled, when a woman gives birth to a baby in a
As I was thinking through this scripture with my boyfriend the other day, he reminded me of something simple yet so remarkable.
If God fulfilled His promise to deliver all of mankind, then He will fulfill His promise to bring purpose to my life. As humans, we have a basic desire to feel wanted and accomplished. Many of us even desire to leave the world with some sort of impact.
In Psalm 57:2 David cries out to the Lord, saying: “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
In this verse, David is stating two main things.
- God has a purpose for you
- God will fulfill that purpose
It stays as a reminder that no matter how useless we feel, or how small, God can not only use us for His purpose, but He promises that He will carry that out.
When we think of the Christmas season and the birth of our Savior, let it be a reminder that not only did God fulfill his promise to send His son, but He is currently fulfilling a promise He made to you.
Not only does God always fulfill His promises, but God’s promises never fail.
Use this reminder to be comforted, excited and encouraged that God is currently fulfilling His purpose for you.
With you always,
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TODAY’S PROMPT —
Today take time to write out Psalm 57:2. Do you believe that God has a purpose for you? How have you seen God working in your life in the past?
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2
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