Advent devotions: December 20th
Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
I have set the crown on one who is mighty,
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found my servant David;
with my holy oil I have anointed him;
my hand shall always remain with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not outwit him,
the wicked shall not humble him.
I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
How many times have we been promised something that never comes to pass? Most of us have experienced the feeling of being let down by an unfulfilled promise. After all, promises can be hard to keep.
But God has no trouble keeping his promises. With Christmas around the corner, we are reminded that God promised a Savior and fulfilled his promise by sending Jesus. Faithfulness is one of God’s attributes. Though many people have failed us, God is the faithful one.
Perhaps you have been waiting many years for God to fulfill a promise, and you think God has forgotten about you. Remember: throughout the Bible, God never forgets his promises. He always keeps his word.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise of God. He came to earth, was persecuted as a baby, rejected throughout his ministry, and sentenced to be crucified on the cross. It was not easy for him to go through so much suffering and to end up dying on the cross. Yet in all of his life, Jesus was faithful. God’s faithfulness is bigger than anything we are going through. God is a God of covenant. He will never break that covenant and leave us. He has made a promise that he will be with us. As Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.”
God has made a covenant with his church, telling us that he will always be with us. Even when we walk through darkness, he will be there with us.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, because you do not break your covenant. You are faithful and you bring the assurance to my life that I will never be alone, and that you are always with me. Amen.