How beautiful it is to know that the Lord planned for me, a Gentile, to be included in His family through Jesus. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, reminded me of just how far-reaching, how wide, and how detailed the Lord is in accomplishing His purposes.
9 He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote:
“For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing praises to your name.”[c]
10 And in another place it is written,
“Rejoice with his people,
11 And yet again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.”[e]
12 And in another place Isaiah said,
“The heir to David’s throne[f] will come,
and he will rule over the Gentiles.
They will place their hope on him.”[g]
Isaiah wrote years ago about where we Gentiles will put our hope. In this Christmas season, it’s good to pause a bit and ponder that four letter word: hope. From where do I get my hope?
I need to get my heart realigned with that hope in Christ and get it off hope in things of this world. Our nation is turning away from the Lord at a breakneck pace, and I find myself despairing and wringing my hands over the headlines. Why? Because I’m still putting my hope in elected officials and not in Christ.
It’s wise to remember that Christ is my King. All else is just fluff and noise.