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Waiting Fulfilled

Anchor Devotional - 12.23.14


"But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."
(GALATIANS 4:4-5)

Luke 2:1-7; John 7:42

My daughter-in-law had to cut short a mountain climb when her hiking companion, a trained birth coach, got a text that one of her pregnant mothers had gone into labor. Her friend bemoaned the fact that births never happen when she is sitting at home; they seem to wait for the most inconvenient time.

Have you considered the “inconvenient” timing of Jesus’ birth? Certainly, the God of the Universe could have planned differently! Couldn’t He have waited until the census was over so Mary could give birth in the comfort of familiar surroundings with family nearby? Or if Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem to fulfill prophecy, couldn’t they just travel there off-season and get a better place to stay? In that teeming town, only a few local shepherds witnessed His birth. And a stable – really?

Though we can’t know how or why God chose this exact time and place for Jesus to be born, He did so in His perfect providence. Through it we’re adopted as His sons and daughters, His “convenience” sacrificed for our redemption!

Scripture Focus

Luke 2:1-7; John 7:42

Insight

DO YOU QUESTION GOD'S TIMING OF EVENTS? TRUST HIM THAT, NO MATTER HOW INCONVENIENT IT APPEARS, HIS TIMING AND HIS WAYS ARE
ALWAYS PERFECT!

Read the Bible

  • Micah 5-7
  • Proverbs 23
  • Revelation 1-2