A Christmas promise
I awoke at 4 AM but rather than turning over and falling back to sleep quickly my mind engaged with ‘what if’ thoughts. Though not often a worrier at times something sets in I struggle to shake. In hindsight the things are so much smaller than they seem in the moment.
As I lay there trying to quiet my mind a verse from Matthew hit me- ‘do not worry’. At 4 AM I was reminded worry means I doubt God’s plan and promises. Therefore my worry was not only useless but an affront to God. With my mind quieted slumber returned.
Later I sought something different in the Word so I let the book open and found myself in Jeremiah. There was the passage God was leading me to.
“Look, the days are coming’- this is the Lord’s declaration- ‘when I will fulfill the good promise that I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a Righteous Branch to sprout up for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land… This is what the Lord says: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night so that day and night cease to come at their regular time, then also my covenant with my servant David may be broken.” Jeremiah 33: 14-15, 20-21
After 400 years of silence many in Israel felt forgotten by God. But God had a covenant with David, a promise made to send a Savior for mankind and God is always Faithful!
I love God’s declaration in verses 20-21, the promised Righteous Branch was coming as sure as night and day.
At the right time, God fulfilled his promise in the tiny town of Bethlehem. Mary, who bore the ridicule from those in her hometown for being pregnant before her marriage, settled into a stable as labor pains constricted her muscles. Along with the animal sounds came the shrieks of a woman bearing her first child. What wonder filled the hearts of Mary and Joseph as they cuddled her son. God kept his promise and he heralded this truth to shepherds watching their flocks. He celebrated with a new star and caught the attention Magi who bought gifts of worship.
For one who spent a few sleepless moments in worry, I needed these verses in Jeremiah. God has a plan for his glory and our good. He is always at work even when all seems quiet, even if it lasts 400 years!
I can no more stop the sunrise occurring as I write than keep God from fulfilling his promises! God is faithful so let me be found worshipping the Creator of the Universe and the Son born to Mary on Christmas!
Lord, blessed be your name! Jesus, thank you for leaving your throne and all the glories of heaven to come as an infant so dependent on Mary and Joseph to see to your needs. Thank you for walking with mankind to experience the struggles and temptations I struggle with yet without sin. Thank you for offering your body to be broken, beaten, and crucified so I may be redeemed and in heaven with you. There are many things I love about the Christmas season but THIS is the biggest reason. Thank you Jesus & Merry Christmas! Amen