Promise Fulfilled: Jesus descended from the exact lineage that God promised. “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham . . . there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ” (Matthew 1:1 and 1:17).
God always fulfills His promises. Saturday- the final day of the first week of Advent- we continue to focus on the hope that we have in the Lord and His mighty power. As the first Advent candle flickers celebrate that Hope that God brings as the Light Divine illuminates the path of your life.
“Lead me in a plain path.” Psalm 27:11
Where He leads, you’re not navigating. What He provides, you’re not bringing along. How He empowers, is not through any of your own means or abilities. The same Light Divine that led shepherds to the manager 2000 years ago is lighting your path today.
Believers are the Lord’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the purpose of good works (Eph. 2:10). Spiritual gifts are not our own abilities. The Holy Spirit manifests them through us. Remember, it is the sap running from the vine into the branches that produces fruit (John 15:5). In the same way, the Spirit lives and works through God’s followers to bring forth acts of service. The Lord’s power is behind it all. Think of that when you are tempted to shy away from God-given opportunities. -Dr. Charles Stanley
This poem by George McDonald illustrates the choice that we make when we surrender our path to God and walk in the light Divine.
“I said: “Let me walk in the field”; God said: “Nay, walk in the town”; I said: “There are no flowers there”; He said: “No flowers but a crown.”
I said “But the sky is black, There is nothing but noise and din”; but He wept as He sent me back, “There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”
I said “But the air is thick, and fogs are veiling the sun”; He answered, “Yet souls are sick, and souls in the dark undone.”
I said: “I shall miss the light, and friends will miss me, they say”; He answered me, “Choose tonight, if I am to miss you or they.”
I pleaded for time to be given; He said: “Is it hard to decide? It will not seem hard in Heaven to have followed the steps of your Guide.”
I cast one look at the field, then set my face to the town; He said: “My child, do you yield? Will you leave the flowers for the crown?”
Then into His hand went mine, and into my heart came He; and I walk in the light Divine, the path I had feared to see.”