On a recent trip to the Holy Land, my husband and I stumbled upon a whimsical gallery in the old city of Jerusalem. As I walked toward the back of the store, I was fascinated to find one of my favorite Christian novels on the owner’s desk. I asked him about it and he said, “Open it.” It was dedicated to him. I sat down and engaged in conversation, which became a lively discussion about God and his faithfulness to Israel and his people.
He led us over to a beautifully lit jewelry case. There were spectacular and ornate pieces of Roman glass earrings, rings, necklaces, and pendants. He said, “This is truly a miracle.” A Jewish man was making an affluent living by selling Roman glass from a period when the Israelites suffered immensely under Caesar’s oppressive rule. In history, we have witnessed the Jewish people’s distress, exile, and the intense hatred by others. Many would question whether God has forgotten them.
However, God remains faithful to his covenant, and through every twist and turn, God has been faithful to Israel and to those who trust in his Son, Jesus Christ. The same God that keeps his promises to Israel will keep his word to all who trust in him.
As the Lord’s children, we must stand firm on the promises of God and have confidence that he moves in ways that are consistent with his covenant commitment. There are absolutely no obstacles in our Lord’s path and no hindrances in his strategic plans.
Lord, we thank you that there are no hindrance or obstacles in your path. We praise you that you are faithful to your promises, and that you will help us not to be afraid. Thank you for being a covenant-keeping and unchanging Father to us in a world where everything changes. Show us, Father, how to stand strong and wait for your deliverance. Amen.
Go Deeper — If you have an heirloom — or can find an antique that you think is pretty in a shop or museum —, take a moment to look at it anew. Think of the ways God has moved in the lives of the people who have touched it over the decades.
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