“Word of God speak”. With that request and a cup of coffee nearby, I open my bible and it falls open to the worn, ink marked pages of Matthew. I flip to the Psalms. Then to Samuel. Quiet. Unlike my anxious thoughts and wonderings of late. Little fears murmuring away in my heart.
So I settle back into Matthew. Into familiar, beloved words, thinking surely I will not hear Him speak from here, the book I have studied more than any other. Oh the foolishness of me.
Mary is pregnant. God’s promised plan of redemption is full on in motion. But Joseph is planning a divorce. So God sent a dream. To fulfill a prophecy.
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife…All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:20-23)
Redemption is born and Magi want to worship. And a king wants to kill. So God sent a dream. To fulfill a prophecy.
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt’…And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’” (Matthew 2:13-15)
An evil king dies and the Redeemer returns to Israel. Because God sent a dream. To fulfill a prophecy.
“Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets” “He will be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:22-23)
Redemption birthed. Prophecy fulfilled. And with my eyes, I hear God speak.
“What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” (Isaiah 46:11)
And in my heart a flame flickers…
as I remember whispered words. Promises made by the Promise Keeper. My fingers rush past Matthew and the flame glows and moves with the breath coming from the page.
“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Corinthians 1:8)
“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever…” (Psalm 138:8)
Sovereign. Still. Yet. Continually. Until finally.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:1-5)
The flame burns. Murmuring fears and nagging doubts cringe from the heat. As I remember.
The Word of God speaks, and God keeps that Word.