By: Ashley Moore, Class of 2017, Student worker, Office of Ministry and Service
Scripture: Acts 13:16-25
The advent season is a wonderful time to reflect on God’s enduring faithfulness to us. Paul speaks words of comfort to the Israelites, reminding them of all the times God has provided and led them out of darkness, despite their disobedience. The time has come for the true king to be born, which Paul says is the ultimate fulfillment of the Lord’s promise. He breathes joy into the people, for they can rest assured from the words of John that the most Holy Messiah is on his way.
The old expression “seeing is believing” is something that comes to mind when reading this passage. It’s one thing for someone to tell you that they will do something, but if you don’t actually see their actions aligning with their words, it’s very hard to rely on them and have faith. The Israelites had to trust in the promise from God that their salvation through Jesus was coming, and indeed, they were set free.
Now, we can visit scripture to see the overwhelming number of times God fulfilled his promises to his people. More importantly, we can witness it in our own lives and through God’s gift of our Savior Jesus. I encourage you today to spend time in reflection on how God has shown his faithfulness to you, and thanking him in joyful anticipation of what He will do next.
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been , thou forever wilt be. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! (Thomas Chisholm, 1923)