December 22, 2016

Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”

This was the passage the teachers of the Law had no trouble finding when Herod asked them where the Messiah was to be born. (Matthew 2:4-6) It is interesting that this points out Bethlehem’s smallness, both physically and politically. God is not limited by human standards. It doesn’t matter how insignificant someone or something might seem, God can use them mightily if He so chooses. This is something we have trouble believing, even though it happens all the time. The current president-elect of the US was totally discounted by all the “experts” from the point he first started indicating an interest in the office. After all, he was “just a reality TV star.” So far, God has used him to totally upend the US political picture, and he hasn’t even taken office yet! It remains to be seen what is going to happen, but at the very least he is a reminder that it is dangerous to decide how things will be, without allowing God full sovereignty. James pointed that out on a personal level, (James 4:13-15) and it is true on every level. We need to have our focus on God and listen to what He has to say, walking in humble obedience. That doesn’t mean we won’t have problems, (John 16:33) but it does mean we will get through them with peace and joy, as God’s perfect will is done in and through us.

I feel like we’re in the middle of just such a situation. Tuesday I was able to send an official Statement of Balance and Letter of Intent to the owner of the land next door. When I called him last night he seemed almost shaken, because he has not believed we would be able to come up with the money to buy the land. All he could say to me was, “I will consider it. I will contact you with my conditions.” He has looked at my statements to this point as no more than wishful thinking, and he laughed when I told him that nothing is impossible for God. We still don’t know how all the details will play out, but God has done so much to this point that I can’t believe it won’t all work out as He has been birthing in our hearts. The road ahead is long, and we are called to faithfulness, (1 Corinthians 4:2) but we can walk in faith that God is in no way limited to what seems possible to human eyes.

Father, thank You for this reminder. We are faced with a great deal of busyness and uncertainty, but what’s new about that? Help us not look at the tasks and despair, but rather look at You and rejoice. May we indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in Christ Jesus our Lord, today and each day, so that Your will may be done in and through us for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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