TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
23 Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
Acts 13:22-23 (ESV)
A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: GOD IS FAITHFUL
A friend tells of overhearing two little girls, playmates, who were counting over their pennies. One said, “I have five pennies.” The other said, “I have ten.” “No,” said the first little girl, “You have just five cents, the same as I.” “But,” the second child quickly replied, “my father said that when he came home tonight, he would give me five cents, and so I have ten cents.” The child’s faith gave her proof of that which she did not as yet see, and she counted it as being already hers, because it had been already promised by her father. (Otterbein Teacher)
Much of Paul’s 1st sermon, in Acts 13, was to establish the faithfulness of God to keep His promises to our spiritual forefathers in the Old Testament. Paul in his longest sermon in a Jewish synagogue walks through the Old Testament, flying over the high points of the history of the Jews. All of God’s promises are ultimately fulfilled in Jesus coming to die for our sins and establish His Kingdom.
How does it feel when someone breaks a promise? Much of the Old Testament is given so that you can be assured that God doesn’t break promises. What would you do differently in your life if you felt more assured God would keep His promises?
Praise God as the ultimate promise keeper. Ask God to grow your faith and trust in Him.