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Believing God's Promises

God made promises to Abraham, but He didn’t always make the path clear. God didn’t tell Abraham where to go until he got there, and He didn’t tell him how he would be a great nation. But Abraham trusted anyway. Abraham left his home and wandered around Canaan waiting for God to tell him where to stop. He stayed in Canaan with Lot waiting for God to make him into a great nation even though he didn’t have a son. Sometimes believing God’s promises means waiting 400 years and letting your children receive the blessing, but believing God’s promises always has its reward. Abraham believed God, and God justified him. The same is true for us. We may not always see the promises fulfilled like we want or when we want, but God cannot lie, and He is always faithful. Read More

Unto Us a Child Is Born

The promise that God would give a child to Israel may not have sounded all that great at first. Perhaps the people thought, “A child? Don’t we have enough of those running around? We don’t need another child we need a deliverer!” But it was in that Child that deliverance came. That Child is unlike any other child. He is the source of wisdom, the power of God, the creator of the universe, and the establisher of peace in the flesh. He is God Himself, in the flesh. And that means that His reign will be unlike any other too, unending, peaceful, just, righteous, established by God. We hear that, and we say, “I’ll take that Child!” Christmas is the downpayment on that Child’s kingdom. Jesus’s birth in that stable in Bethlehem is what gives us confidence that He will one day sit on a throne in Jerusalem. Christmas points us to that day when He will return in power and majesty and set up that reign, and so we echo the prophets, “Come, again, soon Lord Jesus!" Read More

Light Will Shine on Them

When read God's promise that a remnant of the people of Israel would return to the land, we focus on God’s faithfulness to His promise and His mercy in bringing them back. This is a very appropriate focus, for the return of the remnant is great proof of God’s mercy. But this week God helped me see a second reality of the remnant: that most of God’s people didn’t return. The remnant was just that, a remnant; it didn’t include all of God’s people because as Paul says, “They are not all Israel who are descended from Israel” (Rm 9:6) In other words, God’s people have always had in their midst those who were not truly people of God. John says, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us” (1 Jn 2:19). May God grants us the faith to be true people of God who let the law and testimony of God rule our hearts and who give evidence that light has shined on us. Read More