The other day I shared with you a couple of “ah ha” moments from last week (Blessed To Bless Others). What I didn’t share with you in these stories was the reminder that the Lord is always working behind the scenes. I was reminded of that yesterday when I read a devotional. I want to share a bit of it with you.
Long centuries before His birth, the prophets foretold that Christ would be born in Bethlehem. But how? Joseph and Mary resided seventy miles north, in Nazareth. God put the whole world in motion to fulfill His Word. A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that everyone was to go to the place of their family lineage to pay taxes (Luke 2:1-5). “Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David” (v 4).
Many of the things in our lives that on the surface appear inconvenient, may just be the hand of God’s providence getting us to our own Bethlehem. Bethlehem reminds us that what God promises, He performs–no matter what. God is at work in your life right now, even if you can’t see it. “The Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone He wishes” (Daniel 4:25) God has not abdicated His throne. He is always at work, putting the world into motion to accomplish His purposes. “Therefore, …continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” (Phil. 2:12-13)