‘What I have said, that I will bring about.’ Isaiah 46:11 NIV
God has a plan for your life that requires certain things to happen at a particular time. And since He sees the big picture and you’re working with limited information, it’s wise to trust Him—even when you don’t see how it will all come together. God can take the loss of a relationship or a job and make it work for your good. The trouble is, while He’s doing all this, you can feel uncomfortable and downright miserable.
Nearly eight hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Micah said that He would be born in Bethlehem (see Micah 5:2). But Mary and Joseph were living in Nazareth. So how did God solve the problem?
The Roman emperor Augustus decreed that a census should be taken: ‘All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He travelled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son.’ (Luke 2:3–7 NLT)
Are you worried about the future? ‘Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep travelling steadily along His pathway and in due season He will honour you with every blessing.’ (Psalm 37:34 TLB)
Relax: the God who arranged for His Son to be born into the right family, at the right time, in the right place, is looking out for you today.
SoulFood: 1 Cor 10–11, Matt 2:1–12, Ps 139:1–12, Pro 31:25–27
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023