What I read today
2 Kings 13-14; Proverbs 12; Ezekiel 39; Luke 1; 2 Corinthians 9
I imagine that Israel at the time of Jesus birth was a bleak place. After the fall of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, the nation had been led off into captivity. As God promised they were allowed home after a period of time and rebuilt their temple. Eventually, they would have a brief period of self-rule. Now, however, the Romans were in control of the region surrounding the Mediterranean sea.
Bleaker still their religious life had become empty in many cases. Filled with traditions, rituals, and rules.
I wonder how many wondered if God had merely forgotten his promises.
In the midst of all this God moves quietly and forcefully bringing John the Baptist to life in an aging priest and his wife. Then he sends his son through a young virgin.
When all hope seems lost, we need to remember that God tiptoes throughout the ages. He never forgets his promises, and he never fails to see them through. We may not understand what he’s doing or why but we must remember that he is there and working for our best.