It was time for one of the main events in the history of our world to unfold; and it came about through God bringing His extraordinary work into the ordinary lives of people. Up until that time humanity had been carrying on with its normal tasks. Even though generations had been waiting for Him, life had not been still.
People worked, rested, married, had children, and simply did the best they could in the culture and time in which they lived. They wanted to live in sincere reverence to the Creator even though they were painfully aware they would never get life perfect. But along the way, somehow God continued to weave His plan for the world and human history into their everyday circumstances. Somehow He guided events for all of humanity while still caring for individuals. We see this in the lives of a few people closely linked to the birth of the Messiah.
Zachariah performed his scheduled priestly duties. Mary carried out the usual family responsibilities assigned to a young woman in her culture and time. Joseph tried to act honorably toward Mary in a betrothal that took an unexpected turn. Not long after, a young couple traveled to pay taxes to fulfill their duty as citizens. The same young couple did the best they could with resources available to them when it was time for the baby to come. They were doing the small things humans could do. God was doing the big things only He could do to fulfill His word. He was also caring for the personal lives and spiritual growth of the individuals involved.
During humanity’s long wait for the Messiah, God had also been active and present in everything, but from a human perspective it would have been difficult to perceive how. So in certain times and ways He revealed what the world, what one person, or what a group of people needed to know. He provided what was needed and guided people on the right path even when they didn’t realize it was happening.
I can’t really elaborate on God’s being or what He was doing during the time between the creation of the world and when Jesus was born. I have what the scriptures say and I can cling to that, but there is so much I cannot know as a human. I can’t see history from His perspective as I am limited by time, space, and countless other things. He is not.
However even with my limitations, I can see that the One who created everything did not abandon it. He has still not abandoned it. He sees the events of the world right now and the events in my personal life. I have no power to move His work forward or discover the secret things only He knows, but I have my small bit of life and work during this point in time. I can do it faithfully even though it will not be perfect. Depending on the help of the Holy Spirit, I can try to live in honesty and sincerity before my Creator. I can trust that as He did for people in the past, and as I have sometimes perceived Him doing in my own life, He is working in everyday moments. Because of what I have experienced of His character and love for me, I don’t always have to understand in order to trust.
Thanks for reading,
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These are some things I’m thinking about as I deal with the uncertainty of watching the pandemic affect different areas of the world and as I consider some recent decisions in my personal life. These thoughts are helping me cling to God as I continue to do the small things that are my work. I want to be able to live in peace and trust God to meet my everyday circumstance with His love and guidance. I am reminded that my small work is valuable because I am his treasured creation and He loves me. So I can continue in the things I am doing and trust Him to care for me and use my work as He wants.
Here is something similar I wrote last year.
This week it was published at thriveministry.org – at the Connection online devotional.
I suppose I often need to be reminded of the same things 🙂