A Season Of Promise
Posted: Wednesday, December 16
Verse of the day:
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf. (Micah 5:2)
With the countdown to Christmas in full affect (just 9 days now), the promise of unopened gifts fills the heads of children and adults with wonder. There is something about a promise that brings such anticipation and energy to any situation.
Imagine the promise that was given to the city of Bethlehem. This was a specific statement, no imagery or symbolism here. The King of the Jews would be born in Bethlehem. This had to ignite such a stir among the people that hailed from that small town. Every time they would mention their city of origin the promise would come alive again in the minds of all who heard that name: Bethlehem.
But just as a promise brings hope and expectation, a delayed or forgotten promise can bring frustration, anger, and other strong emotions. The name of Bethlehem, a name that reminded all of the promised ruler, would soon turn to ash in the mouths of those that spoke it as the Messiah was delayed. Instead of being proud of the city, you may only mention that name in a whisper or hush. As four hundred long years would pass, anticipation grew to angst. Is it no wonder only wise men from a far sought out the savior’s birth? No wonder it took a miraculous birth announcement to rouse the sleeping hillsides to the miracle in the stable.
Is there a promise from God that you have bene holding onto? Did that promise once bring joy and now brings anger or resentment? Have you grown weary in waiting?