Promise of Better Days Ahead
Early this past fall, as my wife was cleaning out our son’s closet, she came across his North Face winter coat. Our son, Jacob, had not taken it to college, because the zipper was broken.
But then my wife remembered North Face’s promise, their lifetime guarantee behind defects in all materials and workmanship. So we decided to test their promise. We sent the coat back to them – to see if they would fix the zipper – never really expecting a response.
To our surprise and joy, six weeks later Jacob’s winter coat was returned to us – completely fixed. It was like it was brand new. And it didn’t cost us a penny.
God is like North Face. Throughout Scripture, God makes all sorts of outlandish promises we cannot bring ourselves to believe. One of the greatest of those was His promise through the prophets of the Old Testament that better days are ahead.
“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. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up from David, and he shall execute justice and righteous in the land.” (Jeremiah 33:14-15).
Faithful to His word, God kept His promise with the gift of His Son on that first Christmas morning. We are the recipients of that joy!
Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century American clergyman, observed, “Christ is not only a remedy for your weariness and trouble, but he will give you an abundance of the contrary: joy and delight. They who come to Christ do not only come to a resting-place after they have been wandering in a wilderness, but they come to a banqueting-house where they may rest and where they may feast. They may cease from their former troubles and toils and they may enter upon a course of delights and spiritual joys.”
Jesus is God’s promise kept. This year’s Christmas celebration provides yet another opportunity to praise God for His infinite love and His never-ending faithfulness.
May God’s gift bring you great joy this Christmas!
By the way, why not now begin praying for those who you might want to invite to join you at church this Advent Season? What a great privilege we have to help friends find joy of Christmas.