It is interesting to read from various parts of God’s story simultaneously. We see both a growing mess that emerges out of the sin and brokenness of humanity, and the beginnings of God’s ultimate solution to deal with it. In Genesis, we don’t hear many details about the descendants of Adam’s third son Seth, except that the last one before Noah, Lamech, is a murderer like Cain. This prepares us for the shocking news that the world has become so corrupt and violent, God is considering wiping it out. The story is only beginning, yet suddenly we face the risk it could end just as quickly. However, there is a reprieve. Even in the face of great sin, God makes a way. He shares his heart and his plans with Noah, a righteous man who walks faithfully with God. Here we see glimpses of the beginning of God’s first covenant with his people – his promise to never give up on us, and his plan to partner with us, making a way when we are helpless on our own.
Fast forward to Matthew, where we have a bird’s-eye view of how that plan unfolds. John calls out, “Repent for the Kingdom of God has come near. Prepare the way for the Lord.” We are reminded again that God is still making a way. Something big is coming. The child of the promise has come. He has escaped those who wanted to destroy him. He has returned to Israel is finally introduced as the Son of God. Keep an eye on him. As we read, we’ll see that he not only makes a way, he IS the way.
And I’m so thankful for that. When we look around, we still see a world filled with the problems that flow from the sin and brokenness of humanity. Yet we have hope. God is still at work making a way and being the way. He never has and never will give up on us.
Key Thought: No matter what you are facing today, you can join with the Psalmist and call out to the LORD, knowing that he answers. For from the LORD comes deliverance and blessing upon his people.
Carla Olsen Draper
Pastor of Women’s Ministries