Matthew’s gospel records the miraculous birth of the Savior. (Matt 1:18-25) The oh-so familiar story has been the subject of countless movies, books and church programs.
And we often, breeze past these verses.
But Jesus did come.
Prophecy was fulfilled.
God sent His Son to us!
And if this were not true, there would be no point in reading the Bible, or praying, or abiding in the faith!
The One who conquered death was born. Our rescue came in the helpless form of a baby born in a dirty stable in a small town.
So different than we would have imagined if we were writing the true story.
But isn’t this the very way of our God?
He often works in ways we’d never imagine and we need to especially remember this truth when we are facing trials.
He told us this in the Old Testament!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God is still the Miracle Maker! He is still the Rescuer! But He also still works in ways we’d never expect.
And sometimes those ways are ways we don’t like.
He works in things that make us uncomfortable and cause us to look beyond our own abilities and to Him.
So many of us want to know God as sustainer, provider, help and hope but deep down we BEG Him to never put us in the kind of hard situations where He has to show up in these ways!
But the truth is, to hold tight to Him when life is not going as we would have liked is an opportunity to know God in a deeper, richer, and even sometimes miraculous, way.
So hold on! Look to Him. Trust His heart when you can’t see His Hand. You absolutely can’t predict this God of ours! Who knows what next good thing He will bring in the most unexpected of ways!
PS -I’m sharing what I had posted previously from Matthew and plan to continue on through this wonderful gospel. (This is day 2)