“I will call them ‘my people,’ which were not my people; and her ‘beloved,’ who was not beloved.” “It will be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
-Romans 9:25-26, WEB-BE
There are many times when people find it hard to feel that God loves them. Instead of feeling that they have a Father in heaven who watches over them, they feel like orphans. They feel helpless in the midst of troubles, desperate in the midst of pain.
How can they be God’s people? Does God live in the darkness where they are? Does God know this sinful world in which they live?
Day by day they struggle to survive. Their hearts get broken, their souls crushed by those who take away their dignity. They hardly see themselves holy, they live in the midst of sin! How can God be their God, their Father, their Friend?
And yet God came. God who is Light descended into the darkness where we are. He came not as a powerful king, but as a helpless child, vulnerable as we are, prone to our suffering and pain.
He knew His people. He heard their cry and He came to them.
We are a people accustomed to being orphans, to being outcast. But He sought us where we are, and pursued us even unto death itself so He can give us life. Indeed, we felt like we were not His people, but He claimed us as His own. We felt we were unloved, but from now on, we have been claimed as His beloved ones.
This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. – Taylor Caldwell