Christmas is coming

Micah 5:2 states, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans (a) of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

A promise is a promise. We bind ourselves to our word and we bind others to their word. If someone cannot keep his or her word, his or her word is meaningless and we disregard it entirely. If, however, we meet someone who keeps his or her word, then we trust him or her fully. When we deal with someone whose word is his or her bond, it affects us deeply. We seek out those whom we can trust fully. Why? Not only because truth/trust (the core of any promise) are rare and precious commodities, but because we stake our life, trust and decisions upon them.    

The weather predictions are a great example of something we want to trust and make decisions upon, but have learned repeatedly not to. Two weeks ago, my wife and I were painting the side of the barn in hurry because it was supposed to rain in five to six hours. Out of nowhere, it started to shower well ahead of predictions. Ugh.

Not with God. He doesn’t operate that way. By his very word, he spoke the universe into existence. By his very word, he gave us promises and has kept each one of them.

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament that point to the birth of the Christ child and foretell of his wonder. Today’s scripture, Micah 5:2, is great example. Bethlehem is said to be the city that would host the birth of the “ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

God did not signal to his people that the messiah was just going to come — he told them what city the ruler would come from.

Therefore, in the midst of uncertain and seemingly unprecedented times in world and national events, let us rise above the rumors, stories and reports. Let us fix our eyes on the word, work and wonder of God. We know that the Christ child was born in Bethlehem just as it was promised hundreds of years earlier.