December 18: Great Loving and Faithful God, Advent Day 22

Read Lamentations 3:1-27

Things were bad. Really, really bad. Jeremiah was despondent. His people, the Israelites, had fallen away from Almighty God and had suffered the consequences. God Himself had used the Babylonians to destroy their city, Jerusalem, which led this prophet Jeremiah to write this book of laments, the book we know as Lamentations.

Even in all the weeping, the Spirit of God inspired this prophet to write out some of the most beautiful verses in Scripture. “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (vv. 21-23). Even in the midst of his people’s suffering, not to mention his own great loss, Jeremiah saw Almighty God make His love known through His faithfulness.

God’s love never fails.

Christmas is proof of that. Faithful God sent His only Son to fulfill the promise He’d made way back when Adam and Eve ate fruit in Eden. That beloved Son, God Himself, would live 33 years on this earth, Love in a body. He would make His Father known so that you and I would be able to enter into covenant commitment with the very God who created us. At the end of those 33 years, that Son, Jesus Christ, would die on a cross in the middle of Jerusalem and conquer death itself when He rose from a borrowed grave.

This plan, this promise, it’s been His way all along. This love He has for you and me is no small thing. He is faithful, and because of that you and I can live with hope and peace and joy. Because of God’s faithfulness, you and I can celebrate Christmas. Because of Christmas you and I can know love.


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