Our True Hope Day 23: God’s Unconventional but Perfect Plan
Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-7
There are many miracles in the Bible that are difficult for the human mind to understand. Yet there is no greater miracle than our Creator, the Alpha and Omega, the One who always existed……to come in the form of a baby! This has become a more common passage that is often read at Christmas time, but it is truly far from common! It is unusual and unconventional according to man’s standards. Let’s look at three very unconventional aspects of this miracle.
God’s Perfect Timing
Luke 1 reminds us that Jesus was born in the time when Caesar Augustus ruled the Roman Empire. It was a time when the Roman Empire was at its strongest. In Daniel 2, the prophet Daniel interprets the king’s dream concerning four different empires that will come and go; that will be raised up, and that God will destroy. Looking back in history, we know the Roman Empire was the forth empire of this prophecy. “In the days of these kings, [the kings of the fourth monarchy], shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44). It might seem like it was a very “bad” time for Jesus to be born. In human perspective, the timing was very unconventional, but God’s plan is perfect!
God’s Perfect Place
Joseph and Mary were made to travel back to the little town of Bethlehem, where she would give birth. As we read on Day 21 from Micah 5:2, this was in accordance to the perfect place where God wanted Jesus born. He wasn’t born in a big city, nor in the center of a large port town, but in a town of little significance according to the world’s standards. There were no great dignitaries nearby to welcome this new king, only some lowly shepherds who came empty-handed straight from work, dirty and smelly! Such an unconventional place, but such a perfect plan.
God’s Perfect Provisions
If God foretold of his Son’s coming, why wouldn’t God provide an open room for the birth of Jesus? Surely God could have done something to ensure that Jesus would be born in a more comfortable, private area, preferably not among dirty animals. How unconventional this seems to us! Yet, the provisions for Jesus’ birth were part of God’s perfect plan as God was preparing Jesus for a humble life here on earth. Jesus grew to be a man who often didn’t have a place to lay his head. Jesus was frequently rejected by those who had wealthy provisions. However, he chose to spend most of his time associating and ministering to those who were themselves rejected, lacking in adequate provisions. He lived such a humble, surrendered life, that he was eventually unfairly beaten and crucified. The manger was God’s provision for Jesus, as it signified so much of his life that was to come. Jesus didn’t come here to live in the penthouse suite and be served. He came instead to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). How unconventional these provisions were, but how perfect God’s plan!
May our hearts be filled with gratitude and worship today as we thank God for his unconventional but perfect work in our lives, fulfilled in His Son for our sake!
Question to consider: Have I rejected any of God’s work in my life because it seemed unconventional?
Additional Reading: Daniel 2