GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES
“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”–Galatians 4:3–6
Politicians are not always known for keeping the promises they make, but I came across an old news story about one who did. When George Jelinek was running for the Kansas state legislature back in the 1960s, he printed up flyers that read, “I will work for you.” According to the article Jelinek won his election and then had an unexpected request from a constituent. “One farmer,” Jelinek said, “told me he voted for me and now he needed some help putting up some alfalfa in the barn. And I did it. But I’m going to have to watch what I say!”
Man may break promises, but God is always faithful. He does not work on our timetable, but everything He says will be done. Thousands of years passed between the time God told Adam and Eve about the coming Messiah who would defeat Satan and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. But it happened just as God said. In fact there are a large number of Old Testament references to the coming of Jesus—the location, timing, and circumstances are given in great detail—and every one of those prophecies were fulfilled.
The Christmas story is not just a baby in a manger, shepherds, angels, and wise men. It is a vivid reminder that everything God says happens just as He promises. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Christmas is a reminder that we can fully rely on everything that God has promised in His Word. — Daily in the Word
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