You Can Trust God to Renew
Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.
- Luke 1:57 – 64
As you wait for Jesus to renew all things, remember God always delivers on his word. There isn’t a single promise that will fall through the cracks.
This is key to remember because God has made some great promises to his people. He has promised to renew all things. He has promised to end suffering, sin, sickness and death. He has promised to restore what sin has broken and to undo Satan’s impact on God’s good creation.
I think, if we are honest, we must admit that sometimes we wonder if God will really keep all these great promises. They seem too good to happen to a world with so much that is broken. How can promises so bright survive when surrounded by such darkness?
The birth of John the Baptist is a constant reminder to me that God always keeps his promises. Even when I doubt, he delivers. Even when I change, Jesus remains the same. His faithfulness sits at the center of all existence. I’m reminded of this truth every time I read: Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.
As you read that verse, you may be tempted to think, “So what? When the time comes, barring complications, most pregnant women give birth.”
But remember, Elizabeth’s baby boy started out as an impossible promise from God. Zechariah and Elizabeth were old. Their bodies were beyond bringing life into the world. And yet God gave them a promise that could not be broken. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son.
As Elizabeth pushed out her baby boy, God pushed into the world another reminder of his faithfulness. He can be trusted. He always delivers. He keeps his promises – even when they seem too good or too impossible to be true.
Jesus’ great renewal of all things can seem too good or too impossible to be true. So today, reflect on the joy and confidence that Zechariah and Elizabeth felt at the birth of their son and rest knowing God will fulfill his word to you. He will keep all of his great promises. One day your time will come, and God will deliver. One day Jesus will return, and he will renew all things.
A Moment to Reflect
This Advent there are only two things that you really need: God’s promises and your faith in God to deliver on his promises. As an act of faith, take time today to list some of God’s great promises to you.