“The shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen,
which were just as they had been told.” (italics mine).
Luke 2:20 (NIV)
There are many attributes of God that cause us to be encouraged and confident in trusting Him. One that I especially love—and use in my prayers—is this matter of how God is true to his word.
All of us recognize that at times we are not trustworthy. What I mean is that we are not always able to perform what we have promised. Many things can intervene to prevent us from keeping our promises.
Financial reversals may stop some parents from keeping their promise to fund their children’s university education. We may become ill and not keep our promise to go to a certain appointment. For whatever reasons, we are not always able to fulfil our promises.
Because God is all powerful, His resources never run out as He keeps His promises. God is all wise and therefore He never promises what is inappropriate for us. God knows all, and for this reason nothing takes Him by surprise or intervenes to stop His work.
When it came to fulfilling the promises of our Lord’s first coming, absolutely nothing went unfulfilled of all His promises. God was true to His promises.
When teaching during His public ministry Jesus said: Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear,
not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen,
will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
When Jesus was dying on the cross He insured that all the detail concerning His death was fulfilled. It is recorded in John’s gospel that Jesus spoke of His thirst in order that He would be offered the cheap wine, in fulfilment of prophesy. John 19:28 (NIV)
“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished,
and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’”
The lowly shepherds made a remarkable observation that first Christmas. God is always as good as His word. Everything happens just as God said it would. Is this your confidence this Christmas season? May you learn to trust the Christ of Christmas who is always true to His promise.