Day 81

Prayer for the day

O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water. Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, that I might behold your power and your glory.

Scripture for the day

Joshua 13-15, Luke 1:57-80

God is faithful. The people of Israel learned this lesson in countless ways as they followed God. God had done amazing things for them to bring them to the promised land, and now, as they stood before the land, having defeated their enemies, God fulfilled his promise and gave them certain portions, dividing the tribes into their respective inheritances.

God had promised, and God delivered. The places they were to settle were given to the Israelite tribes as gifts, as a lasting inheritance to them. It was not a reward, and it was not something earned. It was a gift of God, bestowed upon people who God knew would learn to be ungrateful. Yet God’s faithfulness remained.

Zechariah sang of that same faithfulness. It is unlikely that he knew what would happen to his son, John, in the long run, but he trusted in the faithfulness of God to use his son and others to bring to the Israelites a new inheritance in keeping with the old.

God’s inheritance for the people ceased to look like land, and looked more like the salvation of the people, the renewal of God’s ownership of the people of Israel.

The inheritance Zechariah was waiting for was the inheritance of a God who had not abandoned his people, but who, in his infinite wisdom, would use some of his people to establish a kingdom that would never agin go into exile, that would never again be abandoned, that would never again fall away from its God. God would work through John to accomplish and establish a kingdom like no other the world had ever seen. And he would create it as an inheritance to those who had been faithful to the call.

Let us inherit what has been promised. Let us be faithful, and let us be the citizens of the kingdom we’ve been created to be.


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