This month I joined a 31 day writing scripture group (find the plan here). With it being December, we’ve been writing about 4-5 verses a day that tell Christ’s birth story. It’s been an amazing journey as I’ve studied the early prophecies about Jesus’ birth up to the main event.
In the past, I’ve focused on how Mary must have felt and how the birth speaks of God’s character. However, there have been a few days when I have seen the high importance of Joseph (read Luke 2:4-7).
It must have been difficult and somewhat unbelievable to hear that your betrothed was pregnant with God’s son. Imagine how other people must have looked at Joseph or treated him when they heard the rumors.
Joseph was purposefully chosen to raise Jesus, just as Mary had been chosen to give birth to him.
You see, Joseph was from the exact lineage that God had promised a ruler who would once and for all save his people. (Micah chapter 5 tells of a king who will come out of Bethlehem, will rule God’s people, and shepherd them in the strength of the Lord).
Although Joseph did not currently live in Bethlehem, God made a way for his son to be born exactly where the prophets had said.
I can imagine the frustration Joseph and Mary probably felt when they learned they would have to make the nearly 70 mile journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to be counted Caesar Augustus’ census.
The census was no surprise to God. He knew what was going on the whole time.
It’s amazing how this inconvenience of having to travel back to Joseph’s hometown placed this family right where they were suppose to be at the right time. Joseph was purposefully chosen, just as Mary had been chosen be his mother.
This makes me wonder what inconveniences have frustrated me. How have I been blind to the work God is doing while focusing on what I deem inconvenient?
Maybe the frustrations we are encountering right now, are being orchestrated by a great God who knows exactly where we need to be at exactly the right time.
I pray that I will be able to trust that God is in control and knows exactly what’s going on even in the midst of inconveniences.