From The Pastor’s Heart – December 13, 2017
Christmas often becomes a time when we commit ourselves to a never-ending “to-do list.” We make promises to our family, friends and co-workers that too often become burdens. From shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, attending parties, making cookies and cooking, we run ourselves ragged mentally, physically and emotionally.
Sometimes we make so many promises during the holidays that we forget the promises God gave in the Bible and, most of all, the fulfilled promise that we celebrate at Christmas. A couple of weeks ago we looked at the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 when He said:
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
The Lord promises Abraham a great nation and goes on to promise the Abraham will become a blessing. Abraham’s descendants certainly became a great nation. Through the lineage of Abraham, God blessed this world with the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah.
Throughout Scripture, God continues to make promises to His people. Like Abraham we can have confidence that God is able to do whatever He promises if we have put our faith in Christ. What promises that God made through Scripture can you see fulfilled in your life? Here are a few to read and consider for starters:
Psalm 103:8-14 Romans 5:1
Isaiah 57:15 Romans 8:38-39
Luke 18:29-30 John 14:27
I pray that the Lord will help each of us slow down enough to stay focused on His unfailing love this Christmas season. Remember that God’s promises, like we read in the scriptures above, are as true for us today as they were when they were written.
See you on Sunday!