Morning by Morning, December 8 - Generations of Faithfulness Leading to Jesus
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart to lead me in Your ways today. ...
"An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah.... and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah" (Matthew 1:1-16).
Through the genealogy of generations, the plans of God were at work. Before the foundations of the earth the Father eternally determined the day and place and family of Your birth as His Son and our Messiah -- both fully God and fully man, to fully redeem all mankind in the fullness of time. "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children" (Galatians 4:4).
Father God, You are patient to take Your time through the generations and You are faithful to bring every promise to pass according to Your plans, all in Your way and all in Your time. Give me patience and faith to believe Your plans are also at work within me. Morning by morning, day by day, precept upon precept and line upon line, You are at work to make me more like You (Romans 8:29).
Just as You are at work within me, You are at work in our world, seeking to redeem all who would embrace the fullness of Your grace through Jesus Your Son and our Messiah. "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life. Indeed God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him" (John 3:16-17).
Come, Holy Spirit. In this season of Christmas, when You move in hearts and minds around our world to consider the Messiah, Christ Jesus the Lord, lead us to see Your love for us and Your redeeming grace available to all. "Many will see and fear, and put their trust in Lord. Happy are those who make the Lord their trust" (Psalm 40:3). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I join with you in prayer to our Father for a move of His Holy Spirit in this Christmas season to lead many to faith in the Son of God and to move in our hearts to make us all more faithful to Christ, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!