Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. . . 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.” (Luke 2:1, 4)
Passage: Acts 16:6-10
Nothing ever catches God by surprise, but many things catch us off guard and bring anxieties and fears. In the midst of those times, it is wise to learn this lesson from Christmas. God is in control. When Mary first heard the angel, Gabriel, tell her about God’s plan, she was living in Nazareth, which is in the northern part of Palestine. However, God’s Word had said that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, in the southern part of Palestine. So how does God get Mary and Joseph down to Bethlehem? Caesar forces everyone to go back to the hometown of their ancestors so he can get a census for heavier taxation.
God knows what is going on in the world. He knows how those things are affecting your life. Sometimes it seems like God is distant from the circumstances, but in reality, He is working in the midst of all those circumstances. He has a plan for you and for His people to reflect His glory and help reach others for Christ. He is in control.
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