In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 2:1–5)
While reading the passage above I was again struck with this thought; have you ever considered what an incredible thing it is that God pre-determined that the Messiah would born in Bethlehem, as foretold in Micah 5:2, and that He ordained everything so that when the time came the Messiah’s mother and legal father would be living in Nazareth? Not only that, but in order to fulfill His Word and bring two insignificant people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world had to be registered in his own home town?
In a world of over 7 billion people it is easy to feel very insignificant. There have been times in my life when I have. How can a guy from a no-name family in rural Oklahoma stack up to the heavy hitting Davos, Switzerland tycoons and world political leaders and heads of huge social movements?
If you ever have felt like I have, don’t be unhappy. It is certain from Scripture that all the huge political powers and all the giant multi-national corporatins, without even knowing it, are being guided by God, You must realize that it is all for the benefit of His “insignificant” people, the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem. God directs a king and his empire to bless His children.
Don’t ever think that because you are experiencing difficulties that the arm of the Lord is weak. It’s not our physical health and prosperity that’s of main concern, but our holiness that He seeks with all His heart. Just think, He rules the whole world with us in the fore-front of His mind. As Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.”
We have a big God Who is for us little people and we have great reason to rejoice that, unknown to them, all the kings and presidents and prime ministers of the world follow the sovereign decrees of our Father in Heaven. And to think that this is all done so that we, His children, might be conformed to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ.
What a God we have. What a fabulous thing to think about on this beautiful day.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,