Christmas Devotionals – 12/04

By Justin Dickman
Jeremiah 33: 14-16
 
 
“The day will come, says the Lord, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good things I have promised them. In those days and at that time I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this name will be his name: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.”
 
 
At the time these verses were written, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was marching his army to destroy Jerusalem. Knowing that the Babylonians were coming to destroy them, it must have been difficult for the Israelites to believe God’s promise that David’s descendants would reign forever. The Babylonians destroyed the city, burned the temple, and captured all of David’s heirs. All of God’s promises probably seemed to be hollow and empty.
 
 
The Israelites must have questioned God’s faithfulness. How could this happen? God, where are you? Many times in my own walk with Jesus I have these same concerns. God, are you even paying attention? Do you care about me?
 
 
Jeremiah writes this passage of hope while he sits in a prison cell. It’s a promise that God will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. The passage says Jerusalem will be safe and the one that God raises will be our righteousness. It’s a beautiful promise. And despite the destruction the Israelites experienced at the hands of the Babylonians, eventually God fulfilled the promise laid out in this passage. Hundreds of years later, a descendant rose from King David’s line and bore the full wrath of God that we justly deserved.
 
 
God cares about us. He cares so deeply that He sacrificed His own Son so we could be reconciled with Him. When God says He will do something, He always follows through. It may not be exactly when we want it, but God’s timing is perfect and He knows exactly what we need and when we need it.