Can God trust you? Can you be trusted to follow Him into a situation of uncertainty and to find that He is your peace?
“Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2 v 23)
There is a sense of relief in this verse. He made it. Jesus was born and now was safe growing to become a man. But let us remind ourselves of some of the problems (with a little help from Luke):
Mary had to say yes.
Mary spends 3 months away from Joseph and comes back obviously pregnant.
Joseph was going to divorce her.
There was no room anywhere for them to have the baby.
Threats from Herod.
The mass slaughter of the innocents.
Fleeing to Egypt as refugees.
Threats from Archelaus and the disturbance brought about by his reign.
It is an incredible story.
God restricted His power on earth and chose to use people like you and me to create the miraculous to happen.
When it looks impossible, God can make a way. He can manoeuvre and change circumstances so that His will, will be done.
At any time God could have sent the army of angels not with a message but with the instruction to supernaturally open the way for Jesus to be born in peace and safety. He is still the God of the Exodus and the God of the parting of the Red Sea.
One thing is clear – we are called to walk by faith.
To walk through the Christmas story, from one place to the next and waiting for further instructions, it calls for faith.
The birth of Jesus shows us that God will make a way when there seems to be no way.
Can God trust you to walk with Him? Just hold on to Him and wait to see what He does next.