7″Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
When I read these words, I hear the music to the theme of batman and I picture scenes from the end of each batman episode? Will the Caped Crusader make it out alive? Is this the end of Batman? Will Gotham City be under control of the Joker? Stay tuned next week. Same bat station. Same bat time. Same bat channel. I watched those episodes with wide-eyed wonder? The situations all seemed impossible. Surely this was the end of batman. The more I watched, however, the more it dawned on me. It’s not a matter of “if” he will escape, it’s a matter of “how” he will escape.
The same can be said of our relationship with God. The history of the faithful is filled with impossible situations. There is always a Joker, a Riddler, or even a Catwoman who will try to stop the inevitable victory of the kingdom of God. Pharoah’s army is behind them and the red sea is in front of them. An army of overwhelming force is bearing down and Gideon is down to 300 men. Shadrach Meshach and Abednego are going the fiery furnace and there is no way out.
The Christmas story comes on the heels of one of these impossible situations. It was a situation of utter despair. The Romans are in control, a few faithful people like Mary and Elizabeth, Simeon, and Anna are holding out hope but God hasn’t been heard from in 400 years. The Christmas story is God’s proof that His promises never fail. Some of us are in tough situations this Christmas. Jobs have been lost, health is failing, children are straying. Advent tells us to stay tuned. The last chapter has not yet been written. Death itself cannot even impede God’s great march through history until its ultimate consummation in heaven. Stay tuned.