Out of Obscurity

by Dec 9, 2019Christmas, Christmas 2019, Devotional

Every four years, the Summer Olympics are held in one major city around the world. They’ve been held in London, Atlanta, and, in 2020, people from all over the globe will watch the Olympics in Tokyo. The impressiveness and beauty of these cities makes the games themselves seem even more impressive and beautiful.

Throughout the Bible, God is preparing Israel for Jesus. He is telling them He will send a Savior. This is way bigger news than Olympic Water Polo. You’d think He’d send the Savior to a place that would add to the importance and majesty of such an arrival. But He doesn’t.

God has a habit of using obscure people to do great things (Moses and David come to mind). And in the book of Micah we see God announcing an obscure place, Bethlehem, for the arrival of the Savior.

In the little town of Bethlehem, we find a Savior who “shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.” (Micah 5:4) It’s the strength of the Lord that’s on display, not the strength of the place. God doesn’t need to add majesty to the moment.

God calls things out of obscurity to display His majesty. He’s a God who says the least will be greatest (Luke 9:48) and that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). Bethlehem is the reminder that God doesn’t need great things to do great things because He’s already great. All on His own.

God’s not done using small things to do great things. Today, take a moment to enjoy the small things that might otherwise get passed by, like the texture of a tree in your yard or the laughter of your children. How is He using these things to display His majesty?

Read Micah 5:2-4

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