“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son…”– Luke 2:6-7
God rules and reigns. He is in control of every situation and circumstance. He is sovereign! As one writer says, “God’s dominion is total: He wills as He chooses and carries out all that He wills, and none can stay His hand or thwart His plans.” Not every situation in life may seem favorable to us. You can be sure, however, that great things may come from unfortunate circumstances.
At the time of Christ, Augustus was the ruler. In the eyes of the Romans, he carried deity status. It is a curious thing that God would not use Gabriel to speak with Mary or show up in Joseph’s dream to get them to move to Bethlehem. He uses, what many of us would think, is an unlikely tool in His hands. He used a wicked ruler with earthly intentions. Augustus was God’s servant, as all are. As the Bible tells us, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).
The Lord had two people in a place they were not to remain. Mary and Joseph were in Nazareth, and Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). It was an inconvenient time to travel, yet they made the eighty-mile trip as the law dictated. The command given by Augustus did not go against God’s Word. They were not disobeying God by obeying the law of the land. They were being respectful citizens and honoring God in the process (Romans 13:1-2). What dependence on God Joseph and Mary must have learned. More earnest prayers, more often. Inconvenient circumstances can develop outstanding character.
What event or circumstance do you find yourself in today? Are you experiencing a season of joy or a time of pain? Of trial or peace? Our cases do not always feel good. They may not seem to be favorable towards us and our goals. They may even seem very dark to our souls. However, God can often use these occasions to place us in His perfect place at His perfect time. Great things can come from unfortunate circumstances when we allow the Lord to move us wherever He directs.
“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”– Exodus 15:18