Thoughts from today's reading of Matthew...
2:6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
In a day in age when it's so challenging to put our trust in anyone or anything, I feel as if we are slowly losing our sense of faith. In fact, we've come to basically accept unfulfilled promises as a norm in life - everything from our government to our own parents can attest to that. It started when we were young, when our parents, whom I believe did it innocently to stop our whining about a toy said to us, "I'll get it for you next time" - but there was no next time or it was just another "next time" (and we've perpetuated it with our own children!). We've all experienced that in some way or fashion and it didn't stop even years later as we saw it at a grander scale with our government and politics in general. It's no wonder we're loosing our grasp of faith. And that's why I thank God that He is who He is - our everlasting Father who is perfect in all of His ways. His love is steadfast and new every morning - it always was, is, and will be.
Today's text from the Gospel of Matthew shows us the fulfillment of what He had promised hundreds of years ago. But that He chose Bethlehem is very significant in more ways than one. It was not just a fulfillment of His promise of our Messiah coming from the line and town of King David, but even the name Bethlehem reveals the "preciseness" of God's faithfulness. In the Hebrew, the word Bethlehem is a combination of two words - "Bet," which means "house," and "hleb" which means "bread" (thank you Dr. Widbin of ATS!). You see, from within a town called the "house of bread, was born Jesus, the "bread of life." Even to the minutest details does our God fulfill His promises. Now I understand that in the midst of the craziness of life, it may not FEEL as if God's faithfulness is true. Be reminded today, however, that what we feel may not align with what is true. And as today's text reveals, He truly is faithful and steadfast in ALL of His ways - even to the minutest details of our lives. To me, He and He alone is worthy of my complete faith in. Choose today to put your faith in Him.