A Christmas Message
Trusting God for His Plan and Purpose
When the Angel, Gabriel appeared to Mary with the astonishing news that God had chosen her to conceive His Son, she believed in His Word and His Promise and with faith, waited for the miracle to occur. Mary was a virtuous young woman, and a virgin, and in obedience to the Lord she stood ready to sacrifice her reputation and betrothal to Joseph, knowing the Lord would somehow work it all out. Who would believe such a report? No one, she pondered, and she kept these things to herself and in her heart, waiting for the Lord to bring it all about in His way and His Time. And in His way and Time He did, revealing to Joseph His plan of salvation.
Trusting God for When and Where He Fulfills His Plan and Purpose
When the census occurred, forcing Mary and Joseph to journey a long distance from their home, again the couple relied on the Lord’s plan and not their own for when and where Jesus was to be born. Surely they must have pondered as to why so close to birth God would have them depart the security of home and family. Certainly, the perfect place for the birth of a baby would be at home, near family and with the aide of an experienced mid-wife. But again, they trusted in His divine plan and journeyed in faith to the distant land of their relatives, Bethlehem.
Trusting God for His Provision
When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, there was no place for them to go. The town was so crowded that every place was filled. Where were they to go and wait for the birth of God’s Son? Surely He would provide a special place. And as God had purposed and planned, they found a home with a room where animals were brought in from the cold. The perfect place where God delivered His Son .
Romans 8: 28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
(Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:14, John 3:16, John 1:29, Micah 5:2) Genesis 22:8, Revelation 7:10)
“Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23