But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:2-4)
“The amazing thing about Micah is that he reasserts the certainty of this promise not at a time when Israel is rising to power, but at a time when Israel is sinking toward oblivion…The promises of God looked impossible.” – John Piper
If you’re at all like me this Christmas, the suffering in your life may be causing you to feel like you’re sinking toward oblivion…that God’s promises are impossible…that hope is a futile, elusive thing…that reconciliation and restoration are abstract concepts that have no bearing on your real, hard life.
But God reasserts the certainty of His promises at that point: when all seems impossible. It is into the ravages of human suffering, chaos and depravity that God’s promises came…that His truth COMES. Into the bleak, depressing narrative of His people, God lowered (LOWERS!) Himself…Immanuel, God WITH US.
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Cor. 1:20)
“If you are ‘in him’ by faith you will inherit all the promises of God. Micah’s prediction came true in Jesus. And thus all the promises were confirmed. God has told the truth. Christmas is God’s great confirmation of all his promises. If Christ has come, God is true. And if God is true, all the promises will come true for all who trust in him.” – J. Piper
May this Christmas remind our heavy hearts that we have a promise-keeping God, even when all looks impossible.
Through Christ, may we utter our “Amen” to God for His glory, regardless of the trials we face.