𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗖𝗮𝗲𝘀𝗮𝗿 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘂𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘆𝗿𝗶𝗮. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱, 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻. 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗝𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗵 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗲, 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗮𝘇𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗵, 𝘁𝗼 𝗝𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗮, 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱, 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗹𝗲𝗵𝗲𝗺, 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱, 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘆, 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗱, 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱. —𝗟𝘂𝗸𝗲 𝟮:𝟭–𝟱
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 Messiah’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, don’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, 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙨𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙂𝙤𝙙’𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚—the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to be got from Nazareth to Bethlehem. 𝙂𝙤𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣.
Do not think, because you experience adversity, that the hand of the Lord is shortened. 𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙃𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩. And to that end, he rules the whole world. As Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”
𝙃𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙗𝙞𝙜 𝙂𝙤𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙟𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩, 𝙪𝙣𝙗𝙚𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢, 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙁𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙣, 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣, 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙎𝙤𝙣, 𝙅𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙨 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩.
SOURCE: Taken from Good News of Great Joy (Daily Readings for Advent) by John Piper. © 2013