E-votional - Promises
November 20, 2001
"In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."

Jeremiah 23:6 (NRSV)


   Promises, we live for them, we die for them. Depending on whether or not they are followed through with, promises can cause us to both succeed and fail. But more than anything, promises point to something that might, can or should be.

   Hear the Good News, God promises both the coming and the reigning of the King, of Christ. This was a word the people of Israel craved. They hung their hopes and future on the promise that the King would come. But why? Did they have reason to believe that this King would come? Yes, yes they did, because throughout their own history, God had delivered on all of His promises. So, the promise was made and the hope is there. This Sunday is called Christ the King Sunday, a Sunday in which we remember the promises that have been made and delivered to us. We also point to the promises that have been made and are to come. We all want a better world, we all want the Kingdom of God to come upon the earth. I suggest we start one person at a time, ourselves.


   Gracious Father, when I say, "Thy Kingdom Come," I mean it. I long for your rule over the earth. Create in me a heart that is not afraid to embrace the Kingdom You are calling me to bring about. Give me the strength to make a difference, here in my world, by being a messenger and "doer" of Your Word. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.