๐—œ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐˜‚๐—ด๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฒ, ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ, ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ. โ€”๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ:๐Ÿญโ€“๐Ÿฑ

Have you ever thought what an amazing thing it is that God ordained beforehand that the Messiah be born in Bethlehem (as the prophecy in Micah 5 shows); and that he so ordained things that when the time came, the Messiahโ€™s mother and legal father were living in Nazareth; and that in order to fulfill his word and bring two little people to Bethlehem that first Christmas, God put it in the heart of Caesar Augustus that all the Roman world should be enrolled each in his own town?

Have you ever felt, like me, little and insignificant in a world of seven billion people, where all the news is of big political and economic and social movements and of outstanding people with lots of power and prestige?

If you have, donโ€™t let that make you disheartened or unhappy. For it is implicit in Scripture that all the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, are being guided by God, ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™โ€™๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™šโ€”the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to be got from Nazareth to Bethlehem. ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™š๐™ก๐™™๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ.

Do not think, because you experience adversity, that the hand of the Lord is shortened. ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ ๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ. And to that end, he rules the whole world. As Proverbs 21:1 says, โ€œThe kingโ€™s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.โ€

๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ž๐™œ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ, ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™—๐™š๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข, ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™š๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ, ๐™ข๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ.

SOURCE: Taken from Good News of Great Joy (Daily Readings for Advent) by John Piper. ยฉ 2013

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