A little over 2000 years ago the world was changed. Then, much like today, not a lot of people noticed. Just a few shepherds got the announcement in the middle of the night (Luke 2: 8 – 14). The event itself occurred in a barn (Luke 2:7). The people involved were humble and low class, carried along by the events around them that they had no control over (Luke 2: 4-6). Then, the world was much like it is today. It was run by a global empire with political, economic and military might that was unmatched (Luke 2:1-3). Who in Rome would ever notice or care what went on in a little out of the way village called Bethlehem at the other side of the world? This is one paradox of a global world, people aren’t separated by distance as much as they are separated by indifference and contempt. If something big happened today, would we care, would we notice?
In Bethlehem far from Rome, God set the stage for the work His Spirit would do in the world. This was the plan right from the very beginning; “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:3,4) But the world didn’t notice Him; “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” (John 1:10) Few would love Him; “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ” (John 3:19) Times haven’t changed.
Today we are encouraged to ‘think big’, look at what the ‘movers and shakers’ are doing and keep informed about what’s going on in world, then you’ll understand what’s really happening. If you do that, you won’t see God working. He is not found among those who consider themselves great in the world. He is not found among the worldly strong. He is not found among the worldly powerful. He never was. It isn’t His style; ” . . . God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. ” (1Co 1:27,28)
Are you looking for God? Do you need Him to work in your life? Have troubles taken just about everything you have? Are you broken, beat down and just about out? Are you almost too tired, drained, beat up and broken up to hear any good news. Have you travelled a long painful journey that you never wanted or wouldn’t take again if you had a choice. If you have, you’re in a place where God works.
Others have been there too; “. . . Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18). And; “. . . Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.” (Matthew 1:19) Being down and out they followed God; “. . . Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20) They submitted to His Plan (not theirs); “And Mary said, Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38)
And that’s how these two ‘nobodies’ started on their road to Bethlehem so long ago.