Jan 3rd Luke 2 “Being Used by God”
A day ago I received a notice: your toll-tag will expire and must be renewed. To not do so will bring consequences. It was much the same many years ago when all of Israel received such a notice from Caesar Augustus for all of the Roman empire to register according to their family lineage. To not comply meant one would face serious repercussions. And so it was that Joseph and the very pregnant Mary set off for Bethlehem. We can learn a lesson from them: “let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment.” [Rom 13]
But there is more here. God has not only orchestrated the timing of his Son’s birth using a single ruler’s whim but he fulfilled his promise of long ago: “As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, – from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, one whose origins are in the distant past.” [Micah 5] And why does he do this? That we might know that what He is a promise keeper of what he told the prophets of long ago.
God has a plan; His Word is true and trustworthy for He is sovereign. He uses men to accomplish his purposes so that his ultimate plan might be fulfilled—all men will come to repentance. Just as God used Caesar to accomplish one part of his plan, so he will use you. Are you willing to be used by Him?
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