“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.” (Jeremiah 33:14, NIV)
Remember when you were a kid, and Thanksgiving was over? The anticipation of Christmas! You knew it was coming but weren’t sure how much longer it would take. Some people carry that anticipation into adulthood. I had a friend a few years ago who could tell you exactly how many days until Christmas at any point throughout the year.
The Book of Jeremiah is a challenging book. It contains many prophecies of Jerusalem’s impending destruction and Israel’s doom because of their rebellion against God. Yet, woven into the hard passages are God’s promises to restore his people. Those promises foretell of Jesus.
15 “In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it [the Branch] will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.” (Jeremiah 33:15-16, NIV)
The righteous Branch from David’s line is Jesus. But, Jeremiah recorded this promise around 600 years before Jesus was born! This reminds me of a quote from Gandalf, a character in my favorite work of fiction, The Lord of the Rings. “A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”
God is never late. Nor is he early. His promises are always fulfilled–but in his time, not ours. And ultimately, all of God’s promises are kept in Christ. As 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (NIV). Take some time this week to read through just a few of God’s promises for you that are fulfilled to you in Christ:
- Matthew 11:28-29
- John 14:25-27
- Ephesians 2:6-7
- Philippians 4:19
- 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
- Romans 8:28-39
See this great little article for even more of God’s promises! My prayer for the week is that you will remember the promises of God that find their “Yes” in Christ, be strengthened in your faith, and say, “Amen” to those promises in your life. The days are coming!