by Carolyn Hope
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:4-7)
The setting of Jesus’ birth was indeed unusual – but it was easy to find. If Joseph and Mary had been able to stay in an inn, the shepherds would have had quite the challenge finding Jesus. As it was, there was no question when they did find him that he was the one the angel had spoken of. What many would call a misfortune was, in fact, a unique identifier, a sign to the world.
It’s interesting that a manger was the Messiah’s first bed. That manger was crafted by a carpenter so the animals could be fed. Someone made that manger, but I bet they never knew it would be used for such a holy purpose. I like to picture Father God peering into earth as a person fashioned the pieces together of that particular manger and saying, ‘Ah, yes. That’s it! That’s where My Son will lie. It’s perfect!’
There will come circumstances that are perhaps lower than your expectations or hopes. There will be times where it feels like you’re barely making it by. Even in such instances, God will work all things for your good and for His glory.
The work you do for God’s Kingdom, whether big or small, significant or mundane, is important. God sees the labor of your hands and the purity of your heart. He is greatly pleased when you serve Him in the small things. Be faithful, dear one, and be encouraged. What you do for Jesus won’t be overlooked or forgotten. It will in fact be used for greater purposes than you could ever dream of.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe