In reading the Christmas story, this stands out to me, “And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn,” (Luke 2:7)
Jesus’ birth was foretold so long in advance, but yet no one made a reservation. Jesus was born in a barn! It wasn’t that it was prophesied for Him to be, it’s simply because there was no room in the inn.
Have you ever stepped out in faith to follow what you thought God called you to do and it ended up not going as well as you thought it would? So often when we step out and things are hard, we begin to think that it must not be God’s will. But remember, Jesus was born in a barn specifically because there wasn’t room in the hotels! Some of you need to hear this, God has called you to do something, and you’ve been caught off guard because things are hard. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean God hasn’t called you to it.
This is such an incredible story of shepherds who weren’t even looking for Jesus having an angelic encounter: “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:8-14)
Have you ever been in a season in your life when all your friends have amazing God stories from conferences and church? But you’re in a season of raising four kids, working two jobs to support your family? You may feel turmoil because you want to be at the revival meeting and it seems like others are getting breakthrough while you stand beside and watch.
I want to encourage you today: the Lord knows how to find you wherever you are. You aren’t going to miss Jesus. Wherever you are, the angels will come when you’re doing what you’re called to do! God is not going to let you miss your moment.
Luke 1:26-35, Hebrews 2:14-18, Galatians 4:1-5, Luke 2:41-51, Luke 2:4-20, Matthew 2:1-6, Daniel 4:9, Genesis 1:14-15, Matthew 2:7-12, Romans 1:20, Psalm 19:1, Matthew 2:13-15, Matthew 2:19-23, Matthew 4:12-17, Luke 3:23, Romans 8:14.