Today's Devotional Thought
December 04, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
God Fulfills His Promises
Some of the most important truths of Scripture are hidden within the words of familiar passages. And when we read a familiar story, we so often miss the magnificent lessons and truths that God has for us.
Last night, I read through the first couple of chapters of Matthew. Before I read it, I asked the Lord to show me something fresh in those first couple of chapters. And specifically, I asked the Lord to reveal himself in these familiar lines of Scripture. I so badly wanted a renewed word from the Lord within the familiar.
And in a familiar (and quite frankly, often skimmed, passage) this is what I heard: I fulfill my promises.
The New Testament opens with a chapter that seems less than appealing for most: the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Now for the history and Biblical scholars out there, I know there is great value and great importance to this first chapter. Thousands of pages of commentary have been written on the importance of the genealogy and how Matthew's record of Jesus' genealogy differs from Luke's record. It is vastly important.
But even in its importance, we can be tempted to skim right past it.
And at first, I did that last night. As I settled into the book of Matthew and reading the Christmas story, I read through the first chapter of Matthew quickly and went right into chapter 2 ready for a word. And then I felt this stirring in my spirit to go back to Chapter 1 and really read it.
More carefully and more mindfully. And with a receptive heart.
And that is when I heard God whisper, "I fulfill my promises."
If there is anything I have experienced over and over again it is that God desires to reveal himself to us. In the beauty of this world, in the relationships and people he brings into our days, and on the pages of Scripture, God speaks to us so that we can know him more.
And he does that in every single piece of his Holy Word.
Even in the genealogy. The first chapter of Matthew that we are all tempted to skim right through to get to the heart of the story of Christ's birth tells us something very important about the character of God.
He keeps his promises.
And, in the first line of the first chapter of the first book of the New Testament, Matthew pens this very concept when he writes: "This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham."
The promised Messiah had arrived. And he was born into the line of two men who were promised spectacular things by God.
In the blink of an eye, God's promises were fulfilled. Promises that were recorded on the pages of Genesis and Isaiah came to fruition on the pages of Matthew and Luke.
The New Testament begins with a reminder that God does what he says he'll do. And he does it the way he promises he'll do it.
He keeps his promises.
God is faithful to his word.
Scripture is full of the promises of God. He has proven faithful to his Word time and time again. In my life I have seen it and on the pages of his Holy Word we can see it. And in the first few lines of the New Testament, we are reminded of his faithfulness to deliver what he promised. A Savior. From the lines of Abraham and David, the promised Savior arrives just like God said he would.
As we continue through our exploration of the Christmas story, let me remind you to slowly and mindfully take in every word of God's Word. And let me encourage you to prayerfully look for the very character of God throughout this (and every) story.
May the Christmas story bring you great hope that God is faithful and true to his word. His promises are true and you can depend on each and every one of them today. And after pausing on the genealogy of Christ last night, I now have the following phrase written in the margin above Matthew 1:
God fulfills his promises.
Let the birth of Jesus and his genealogy remind you of that today.