Devotional Passage: Luke 2:1-5
Timing is everything. Timing is the difference between a base hit and an out. Timing is the difference between a well-delivered joke and a lame attempt at humor. Do you slow down for that yellow light or speed up? Timing. Want to go to prom with your crush? Better make sure you don’t mess up the timing of your ask. Too late, and you’re sitting at home alone.
Here’s a truth for you to remember: God’s timing is always perfect. Always.
Read Luke 2:1-5. The cool thing about this part of the story has everything to do with God’s timing. But to truly understand it, we have to know a little something about the Old Testament Book of Micah. Micah was a prophet preaching God’s Word about 750 years before Jesus was born. In Micah 5:2, we read these words: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” This is a prophecy predicting where the Messiah was to be born. Cool, right? There’s only one problem: Jesus, the Messiah, didn’t live in Bethlehem. He lived in Nazareth, a roughly 80-mile journey.
So, here’s where timing comes in. Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor at the time, decided he wanted to count his people. He wanted to see how many people were in his realm for tax purposes. Now, we know that God is in control of all things. Nothing happens without His knowledge or permission. We can rightly say that God used this secular ruler to set in motion His plan. And so it was that Mary and Joseph found themselves in Bethlehem at the exact moment that Jesus would be born. Did I mention that God’s timing is perfect?
Christmas is a time of wonder. Take great wonder and awe in the fact there is no one like God. There is no detail too small for His notice. There is no obstacle too big. God orders the universe. He knows the paths of people, time, nature, and events. He brings all things to His purposes. The Christmas story is arguably the crowning achievement of His sovereignty. Let this lead you to praise and worship this season.
Think about this:
• Look around you. What do you see that points to God’s powerful control over all things?
• How can you have an attitude of awe over the last few weeks of this Christmas season? What can you do to make sure you’re not missing out on who God is or how He works in your world?