I have been reading through the book of Genesis lately. It wouldn't be something that is typical for this time of year being Christmas and all, but I have just kept up with my plan for reading it. Abraham's story has really stuck out to me, especially since it is this time of year.
Genesis 12 says that God promised to make Abraham into a great nation and that others will be blessed through him. In Genesis 15, Abraham is promised that even in his old age, he will have a son. And his descendants will be more numerous than the stars in the sky. After being promised these things, Abraham believes what the Lord has told him, and he is counted as righteous.
I don't know if Abraham had any idea of what the Lord had in store for the future, but what an example that is set. Because the Lord said it was so, he believed. I am sure there were times that he doubted, and even wondered what it all would look like. I think there are others like him who took the Lord at his word, and believed.
How could they even imagine what was to come? That Jesus, God himself would come to this earth. And as a baby even. That God's promise would be fulfilled through Jesus.
As I reflect on this, I can't help but be thankful to get to celebrate the birth of Jesus. What was promised to so many has happened. Jesus came, he lived among us, he died for us, and saved us. What a privilege to be on the other side of what so many in the Old Testament hoped for, yet did not see. They believed God, because he promised them.
And this isn't even the end of the story. We can wait with full assurance knowing that Jesus is coming back again. But until then, he has given us everything that we need to live a life that is pleasing to him. We have no need to fear, because we know the end of the story. Why? Because he promised us all of these things. There is no reason not to believe what he says. And we have the promise of Jesus fulfilled to stand on.
So as you celebrate Christmas this year, remember that you can trust our Lord, because he is faithful to do as he says.
Merry Christmas! ❤