Trust in God!

December 24

Luke 1:67-80

Jonathan Hill ’17

The time is near at hand! Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Christ, Jesus. While we have waited in anticipation for only a few weeks of Advent, the people of Israel had been waiting for much, much longer. Indeed, when Mary and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem it had been centuries since Isaiah had foretold the coming of a Messiah. Empires had risen and crumbled, and the Jewish people had once again fallen under the rule of a conquering people in the form of the Romans. Life, as often portrayed in the Bible, was hard.

And yet one does not find the people of Israel sitting idly by, waiting to be saved. Like Zachariah and the Psalmist before him, the Hebrews spend their time praising God for their yet-to-pass salvation. This radiates with an admirable sense of trust; of those who truly lived Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” [NIV].

On this Christmas Eve, let us attempt to emulate the level of trust in God present in the Hebrew people. To put our faith in the Almighty, give thanks for what we have already received, and look forward to the coming day.