Christians don’t often relate to the stories of Jewish history. Those of us without the Jewish heritage tend to look at the stories of God’s faithfulness to the Israelites as something that happened to someone else; whereas, those who are of Jewish descent identify with them personally. When we read story after story of God’s faithfulness, patience, and love for his people, we see how God was active in their everyday personal lives. What we need to remember is that through Jesus, who was Jewish, we are adopted into this family - into this same history. We are adopted into the history of the Jewish people just as we have been adopted and included in God’s plan for the salvation of all people. Yes, Jesus, and all of the first apostles were Jewish. But Jesus came and extended the call to discipleship, the call to faithfulness, beyond the Jewish people and included all of us.
When we are wondering when and where God is active in the world, we have story after story of God’s faithfulness, patience, and love for us – all of us. Whether we are reading the Old Testament or New, or even some account of the saints who have lived since, or a modern day miracle story, all of these give us hope that even though we may not see or feel the presence of God at the moment, God has been and always will be active in the lives of his people – all of his people. Thanks be to God for His continued faithfulness, patience, and love for all of us. Amen.