All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Matthew 1 : 22 – 23
As David pointed out yesterday, doesn’t it seem strange to be looking at verses normally associated with Christmas? But I am glad we are – especially without the noise of Christmas time. I enjoy their familiarity, their source of celebration and the vivid reminder of God’s power.
I wonder, if like me, you aren’t always the best at following directions? Back in the days of my BB membership at around the age of 15 or 16, I led an orienteering team of other boys on a night time competition. Eager to take the title, I initiated an attempted short-cut which led to us being lost for nearly two hours and the launch of a full-scale search party!
It’s a reminder that having disregard for good directions, not following a trusted and planned path, and being too eager for a ‘quick win’ can lead us into hot water (not to mention an angry word from the BB captain of the time!)
God’s sense of direction, however, isn’t in any doubt. We are reminded in Matthew’s words of God’s plan and his faithfulness to what he had told us of Jesus’s birth in the Old Testament.
Heavenly Father, we are thankful that you have a plan for us and provide the light in the darkness. Help us to hear your guidance and put our trust in you as we navigate our daily lives.
Even during this time of restriction, it’s ok to still make plans – in fact it can be really helpful. Perhaps it’s an ambition, a new hobby, arranging a catch-up, a trip to take when restrictions lift, or something else; use today to take another step in making your plans a reality.