Prayer for the day
Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding, and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion…
Scripture for the day
“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
I’ve made a lot of promises in my life. I’ve made promises to my family, my wife, my children, my church, my friends, and my God. And I’ve kept a few of them. Some of them I’m even slightly proud of keeping. But the comparison of kept to unkept is embarrassing.
I assume the rest of humanity has a similar ratio going on.
But not God. God, according to the scripture in Joshua today, kept and keeps his promises. God’s promises to the Israelites were kept perfectly, 100%. God made promises and stuck to his word despite thousands of people breaking their words. Despite a nation going its own way. Despite a people who were supposed to belong to him belonging other gods, running after other people, seeking other national identity.
Yet this God remains faithful. Over and over again.
Even into the Second Testament story. Simeon has heard the promise of God and has been waiting. Even without proof of God’s faithfulness, Simeon has been waiting. He has been patient. He has listened to the Spirit of God and waited for the faithfulness of God to be enacted in front of him.
And God is faithful. God’s faithfulness continues to Simeon.
And God’s faithfulness to God’s promises is not something that stops. God’s faithfulness to us is something that is connected to the very nature of who God is. God is God, and is therefore faithful.
Our response needs to be the response of Simeon to the faithfulness of God: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.”
Our response needs to be acknowledgement and gratitude for God’s faithfulness. We get to participate in God’s faithfulness. And we get to be thankful to God for it!