Words from the Heart for Friday December 4th, 2020
‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
Jeremiah 33:14 (NIV)
The Good Promise
In her 2017 book “The Promise of Canada” historian Charlotte Gray weaves together portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years. In the preface she writes, “Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal singularity but to the fact that, although its thirty-five million citizens do not look, speak or pray alike, we have learned to share this land and for the most part live in neighbourly sympathy.”
The arrival of Jesus as a baby born in Bethlehem on the first Christmas should have been no surprise. It had been planned for millennia and the idea for the world’s need for a Saviour had been formulated in the mind of God even before the world had been created. God had slowly been introducing the plan through the people of Israel, and it was through them that Jesus would come. The prophet Jeremiah was one of many who had been informed of God’s plan, and in Jeremiah 33:14 we read “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.’” I love how God describes the promise of Jesus’ coming – the good promise. The Bible is filled with the promises of God. Just about every command comes with a promise. But this one is called good, and for good reason. God was going to provide a Redeemer. Sin would be destroyed. People who trusted Jesus would be set free from the bondage to guilt and shame. There is no better promise in the Bible. There is one that is close – the promise of Jesus’ return. Are you prepared?
These have been words from the heart.