Luke 2:4 – 7 “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.”
The Jewish people had eagerly awaited the birth of the Messiah. This man was to be their king, and in their minds, he would bring them to political greatness. But God had different plans. He had much greater things in store for His Son than a limited earthly reign. And as we learn here, God doesn’t always work according to our expectations.
The Jews were looking for a wealthy, powerful leader. God sent His Son to a poor, humble carpenter. The people were anticipating someone like David – tall, handsome and strong. But Jesus appeared to be just a regular guy. The Jewish people were looking for someone born in a palace. Their king would certainly never arrive in a dirty cave carved into the side of a hill.
It makes me wonder . . . how many times have I missed God’s great plan for my life, just because I was looking for my own ideals and desires to be filled? How many times have I overlooked something spectacular, just because it wasn’t “dressed properly”?
Sometimes, we get caught up in our expectations, and we forget to focus on God! He is working all around us, but we will often miss Him, because we expect Him to fill our orders and grant our requests. And all the while, He could be doing something great, right under our noses.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss God. I want to keep my eyes peeled for His work, whatever form that may take. Whether it be a job that wasn’t my first choice, or an unexpected offer of friendship from someone who isn’t my “type”, or a circumstance that seems less than ideal, I want to watch for Him. And I just might be surprised at what I find.
Dear Father, Thank You for working in unexpected ways. Help me to watch, and to recognize where You are working.
For a second cup, see: 1 Samuel 16:1,4; John 7:42; Matthew 1:16, 18, 25, 27