Advent – ancestry and the power of God.
Acts 13: 17
“The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country”
I love old people who remember what God powerfully did when they were younger. Not so that they can scorn and despise what is happening today. But that these people serve the new generation needing to trust God for many things.
We need old people to tell stories of the pioneers of old; the missionary zeal; the courage to cross over into new seasons of God; the ability of God to open ways that seem impossible. We need old people to shout from the rooftops, “All things are possible here.”
Come on old saints the Church needs you. Show us the memorial stones of past years when God performed miracles, signs and wonders. Tell us the stories of personal sacrifice. Testify of the days of passion and of the church surrendering to God in order to be sent by Him.
We need old people in the present to prophesy from the past into our future. We need to know of the stories of our ancestors. We need to know God is a God of His people who makes us prosper and who leads us out into a new place.
Advent is a reminder that whether it is Bethlehem or Egypt, something is about to happen in the insignificant place that will determine your significance. There is a divine power to be found in the insignificant place because our powerful God is there. The God of our ancestors is our God today. What He did then He can do now.