Our True Hope Day 21: A Humble Beginning
Bible Reading; Micah 5:2-5
Do you have a few questions you’d like to ask God when you get to heaven? I have some things I wonder about as well. After reading today’s passage, I’d love to ask God, “why Bethlehem?”
O Little Town of Bethlehem
“Beth” “lehem” means in Hebrew “house of bread”. It was the village King David came from (John 7:42). However, it was a very small, unimportant town compared to many of the other thousands of towns in Judah. Nothing significant happened in this little town that would have given it any honor or notability. Why would God use this tiny village that today wouldn’t even have one traffic light, to be the birthplace of his Son? The book of Matthew reminds us what the prophet Micah foretold about Bethlehem, “by no means least among the rulers of Judah” (Matthew 2:6).
The Place of Small Beginnings
How can such a significant thing begin in such a humble location? God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and his ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). God chooses small beginnings and unworthy situations to do his most significant work. It forces us to look beyond a person or situation and see God’s greater work being accomplished. What happened in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago was miraculous. The focus wasn’t really on the town, but on what came forth from the town. In our lives, it’s easy to become discouraged with our struggles and situations. We must remember that God is going to use our small, insignificant situations to do his greatest work.
Question to Consider: Are you allowing God to use you even in the quiet, humble areas of your life?
Additional Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31