Messiah from Jesse

Isaiah 11:1 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

By: Tim Peirce

God is good for His promises. Sometimes it doesn't seem like anything's happening, but I have to constantly remind myself that God is playing a long game. I look at the immediate circumstances wanting a quick resolution and completely forget that God is making plans and keeping promises that go way beyond my experience and understanding. This verse reminds me that He has worked out my (and our) rescue in Jesus in His way and in His time. 

My natural way of judging circumstances is based on appearances and my limited understanding. Because of that I sometimes miss the hope brought by the promise. This happens because I like my promises fulfilled immediately and obviously. When it comes to God's promises, I want the miraculous; complete with angels and fireworks, to show them coming true before my eyes. But I was not impressed by the promise of a descendent coming some day through something so common place as the birth of a baby. 

Then I realized that I have a choice. I can let go of my expectations of how I want God to fulfill His promises and accept that God can do it anyway He wants. With this understanding, I see that God provided in ordinary events all that we need for our salvation and His glory in Jesus' birth as a descendent of David. To live in the hope of God's promises, I daily remind myself that God works through the ordinary to achieve our miraculous rescue in Jesus. And He's still working today, sometimes through the miraculous, but more often through the ordinary, to rescue many more through Jesus and cause us all to grow in His likeness. What a great God!