Advent Journal: He Is Faithful

“Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob” (Matt. 1:2a).

I have heard many people share their dislike for genealogies in the Bible. Why are they even in there? I mean, who cares who begot who and whatnot. I too have thought these very things until God revealed something to me while reading this genealogy that begins the book of Matthew.

The second verse in the entire book of Matthew is so important. It begins the genealogy, the family line, that would bring about the Savior of the world. Not only that, but it shows God’s fulfillment to the promise he gave Abraham so long ago in Genesis. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2). This is the very fulfillment of this promise given to Abraham. And the fulfillment of this promise came against all odds. Abraham was old and his wife, Sarah, was barren. They could not have children. Not only this but twice Abraham gave his wife into the possession of another man, when if God had not intervened, the father of Isaac could have very well been in question. God was faithful to Abraham.

Circumstances can very easily destroy a family line. We’ve seen it many times in history: war, famine, or plague sweeps through and kills off an entire family line. God was faithful through all of life’s circumstance, through the mistakes made in the family. He preserved the line for Christ to come. This genealogy screams of the goodness of God. He worked through a messed up family to keep them together to bring the Savior to the world.

Not only was he faithful to Abraham, but he was faithful to all mankind by fulfilling his promise in Genesis chapter three: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). God is faithful to his word. Never once did he stray from his promise. The genealogy is a map of God’s faithfulness, showing how he preserved each person, each child, each family to create a scarlet thread woven through history to the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

The Christmas story starts here. It began with God’s promise the garden of Eden just after the entrance of sin. It began with his promise, and it was fulfilled through the family line of Abraham. The genealogy is so important to the Christmas story which is why it is the very beginning of the New Testament. It shows God’s goodness as he faithfully preserved the family of Abraham through forty-two generations to the coming of the Prince of Peace.

“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations” (Matt. 1:17). 

A Prayer of Thanks Before The Big Day

Father,

I thank you for your church, your bride. I thank you that she can stand pure before you. She has been s encouraging to me. She has lifted me up when I am down. She has guided me to grow to love you more. She began with milk, soft food, easily broken down. Then, slowly, she gave me solids, harder to break down but more nourishing and enduring. She has prayed for me, walked with me, and guided me. And I have been a part of her.

I thank you for my siblings. I entered the scene onto turf owned by two toddlers, yet they loved me. Two more came after me, following in my footsteps. We’ve laughed together, we’ve fought together, we’ve cried together, we’ve grown together. The days of playing Nintendo games are over, the times for making movies has come to an end, the moments of trampoline jumping have been laid to rest. But, now, the long conversations have come; the nights visiting each other’s homes has arrived. We have grown to be tight-knit, they have drove me to love you more. They are your grace in my life.

I thank you for my two awesome parents. They loved me enough to correct my wrongs. They have guided me through the deserts of juvenile tomfoolery to the streams of wisdom. They taught me about the Light from an early age, so that I might not depart from it. They’ve laughed with me, they have cried with me, they have prayed for me tirelessly. I count it all grace, God. Where would I be without my parents?

I thank you, Father, for my bride. Alyssa has blessed me in ways I never dreamed. Through her, you have displayed such grace to me. She truly loves me, even amongst my failures, insecurities, and weaknesses. She loves me despite my sin. She is patient with me, she makes me laugh when I need it most, she is a woman of great strength. She walks in your ways and shines your light forth, all for you, God. She loves you first, even before me. You are her Father and she is your daughter. You have entrusted her to me, you have grown our souls closer together, until the day that they mingle into one. She is such a blessing and a gift to me that I am so unworthy of…

She is your grace displayed to me.

I thank you God for your salvation. I thank you that you first loved me and pursued me, making me pure before your sight. Even amongst my unfaithfulness you have loved me unconditionally. I sin against you hourly, but you do not depart from me.

How great is your faithfulness?!!!

I scream it into the sky, but no one has an answer. Your faithfulness is beyond my comprehension; this very question transcends human knowledge, reasoning, and emotions. It is unbelievable…

When the trials come, remind me of your faithfulness. In my darkest hour, remind me of this question. In the days of great joy, keep this question in my mind. When everything is awesome in life, remind me of your great faithfulness.

In all I do, let me worship you.