Devotion and Prayer for Week of December 2, 2012

Meditation for the Week December 2, 2012

 

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”                                           -Jeremiah 33:14

 

Yesterday, my wife promised that she would fold and put away the laundry.  She didn’t; her promise was broken.  Today, I had a conference call that was supposed to last no more than a half-hour.  It lasted an hour-and-a-half instead; the promise was broken.  I am writing this on October 30th—still one week away from our elections.  By the time you read this, the elections will be over and the victors will already be decided.  How many campaign promises will be broken in the next few years?

 

People forever seem to be breaking the promises they make to us…but we are guilty of breaking our promises to others as well.  Yesterday, I told my wife that I would be back from work at 3:00…I ended up coming home at quarter-to-six.  I told my secretary I would have some documents to her by Tuesday and I didn’t get it done until Thursday.  I promised myself that I would take the time to read a book I’ve been slowly trudging my way through…and I didn’t.

 

It’s difficult to trust people—and the more important the issue, the less trustful we become.  We second-guess our doctors, we fear broken promises from our government, and we worry about a shaky economy and wonder if those who control it have our best interests at heart.  And, if this is true about earthly things, what about spiritual things?

 

Is God in this category?  People during Jeremiah’s time wondered.  From the time that Adam and Eve fell into sin, God promised that he would send the One who would “crush the serpent’s head.”  Moses promised that God would send a “Prophet like me” to us…a Prophet to whom we must listen.  It was promised to King David that a Savior would come from David’s own family.  Several generations had risen and passed away since God made those promises of old; had God forgotten?

 

Jeremiah tells us no.  God does not forget the promises he makes.  While people in this world (including ourselves) tend to forget, or lie, or get caught-up in the day-to-day stuff and run out of time, God never forgets, he is forever truthful, and he overcomes all obstacles.

 

He even overcomes our sin.  Because of his love for us, when the time was right, he sent his Son, Jesus into this world.  He is the promised Descendant of David, the Prophet Moses foretold, and the one who would crush Satan, sin, and death. God is never slow or begrudging to fulfill his promises…he is deliberate and patient.

 

We can trust God.  God love us.  God wants to be near us forever.  God wants to see us happy, peaceful, and joyous.  God wants to protect us from all harm, danger, and sin.  And for these reasons, Jesus came into this world.  He forgave our sins through is death and Resurrection; he defeats death and the Devil; he fills us with his heavenly peace; and he will raise us from our graves to live with him forever.

 

Things in this world are untrustworthy, dangerous, and disappointing.  But Jesus is perfectly trustworthy, protects you perfectly, and gives you gifts that exceed your expectations.  We trust in Jesus because he gave up his life for us and rose again from death.  We trust that he who did these things will also come again to bring us to his heavenly kingdom forever.

 

Our Weekly Prayer 

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.