As we enter the season of advent we start to wait expectantly for the arrival of the King. Christmas can easily become something that we feel so familiar with that we forget, or pass over the stories of the individuals involved. Over the next three weeks we will continue to look at the value of faith, but specifically the faith of the people of the nativity.
This week the prophets. So often prophets are linked with bringing doom and gloom, messages of horrific anger. Whereas prophets, as messengers of God, as sharing what God wants for His people. They give hope, they give direction.
As we look back in to the Old Testament we can see so many prophecies speaking of a saviour coming, God sending someone to rescue his people, to bring people back to Him. People hearing that message at the time may well have been confused, especially if they didn’t see it happening straight away. However we can look back now and see that those prophecies were fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.
The prophets must have had faith at the time to give those messages, especially as the message may not have been welcome by the public. We, too can now have faith that God will speak through people, and that those messages will be fulfilled. As it says in 2 Chronicles
“Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”