Symbols of Trust: Baby

It seems interesting to me that the Master of the Universe uses the most helpless of all human forms to convey His promise of help. The omnipotent (all-powerful) God uses the human form most dependent upon others. God clothes the poor, feeds the hungry, releases the captives and yet He says look for salvation, liberation, protection, and comfort in the form of a promised baby – who cannot clothe, feed, protect, or care for themselves. God says trust me – trust my sign – a baby will be born. A sign of liberation is found swaddled.

Adam and Eve look to the promised “seed.” Lamech names his child, “comfort” in hopes Noah will deliver the people of their toil. And, when King Ahaz is walking the aqueduct system checking his water supply in case of invasion, God sends Isaiah to comfort him with a sign and a promise. The sign? A young woman will become pregnant and give birth to a son. Mary and Joseph are surrounded by those who se the sign of Immanuel’s birth – from cousin Elizabeth to shepherds and foreign magi.

You can trust God because He has shown Himself all powerful, even in the form of a baby. God has given the sign – every time you see a child you see the potential for God to break through – and be reminded that He in fact has already broken through. In these 12 Days of Christmas let us reflect on the promise of God, “For unto us a child is born and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

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