“And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.” ~ 1 Peter 1:12b
Lately, I’ve been thinking about faith. I was taught that God will always provide what I need, and He’ll never tell me to do something beyond what He is able. But what about when He asks me to do something beyond what my circumstances would deem possible? Peter walked to Jesus on the water. That’s definitely beyond “circumstantially possible”! I want faith to step out and obey Him in the midst of what is unthinkable. What’s there to fear? God always keeps His promises.
Can you imagine being an Old Testament prophet who was told to prophesy about the gift of deliverance, not knowing when or how it was to come about? 1 Peter 1:10-11 says they wondered about the time and situation of Christ’s suffering and His great glory afterwards. Can you imagine announcing our salvation through Christ’s suffering before He was even born? They weren’t going benefit from it, but the message was for God’s chosen people in a future time. What faith! And what’s more, the message was about the long awaited, promised Messiah, our Deliverer.
Some people celebrate Christmas as a calendar event, time away from work or school; it’s just another holiday. But through faith, we celebrate God’s promised Deliverer. Without Him, our freedom is circumstantially impossible.
Lord, thank You for providing all we need for daily living. Mostly, thank You for Your Son through whom freedom is possible.