Where was God
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
It was pretty awkward. I had been given a job to do. I knew it was going to be challenging and down to the wire. I prayed about it all the way through. I was sure God was working out all the details. However, when the due date came, this project did not turn out perfectly. In fact, it wasn’t much like I had planned at all. Of course, my pride got involve and I thought about how I would be disappointed those who gave me the opportunity, but worse than that, I felt like God let me down. Little did I know God was working on something bigger. He was opening up a future plan in which there would be a greater opportunity and a greater result. In the end, God did a wonderful work and in what I thought was a failure at the beginning actually prepared me for the coming assignment that was far greater in importance. When I look back at what I thought was a letdown, I am so thankful that God was working the whole way through, leading and protecting me away from a great fall.
If I would have been Mary on the day Jesus was born, I might have been disappointed in God at what was happening around me. I would have been asking questions like: Why wasn’t He working all the details out? Where was the perfect setting for His Son to be born in? Why did it seem like God wasn’t answering my prayer to hold off His birth until after the census?
I’m sure Mary had been praying about this day for several months, even since the time she became pregnant. Now, at probably the most stressful time in her young life, the baby was being born. They had to make a long trip in which she probably required a lot of stopping because she was uncomfortable. Then they were late to the city so there were no suitable rooms available for them. Now of all places, they had to spend the night with the livestock. However, having had children myself, I’m pretty sure when Jesus was coming, she was at the point of, wherever, I just need a place to be away from others, which was exactly what God provided. Some privacy and cover from the outside elements.
After Jesus was born, she probably looked back on the day and thought. God really knew what He was doing. He provided the perfect place for the baby to come into the world. I was sheltered and protected and there was plenty of room for the shepherd guest to come to worship Jesus after the announcement of His birth. It was a quiet place to rest after giving birth and He was born without any complications.
In our time in history, God is the very same provider and miracle worker. Yet, how many times do we get in a struggle and ask God to work things out with the perfect setting and surroundings, according to our imagination? Then when He gives a different answer, we feel like God is not there and not making the circumstances perfect. The truth is, He is there, and He knows way better than we do what “perfect” circumstances look like. He is planning for things way beyond today so in the moment things may look less than ideal, but in the long run, you end up better than before you went into the situation.
Today I want to encourage you to see problems as opportunities. Start looking at every obstacles as a faith work and know that as you commit it to the Lord, He is working it out for the greatest outcome. Even when you get to the place that you think is the deadline, He is working beyond that day. He is continuing His good work to prepare you for all the goodness He has for your life and the overall goal of advancing the kingdom of heaven is being fulfilled.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 2:1-7
1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.