The story continues in Luke 2:4-7 with scenes that could have been filled with confusion, despair, hopelessness and desperation but God. I always love that whenever you see But, or Therefore in scripture you see the results of what God did or will do in a situation. Here Mary and Joseph could have experienced all those emotions BUT God intervened. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Mary and Joseph had to make the 60 mile journey by walking or riding a donkey. The government required they travel to Bethlehem to register for the ordered census. (God provided protection for them during their journey.) When they got there, the city was crowded with other travelers, and there was no room at any of the inns. The inn keeper having mercy upon them let them stay in his stables. (God provided a place when none existed and a merciful innkeeper.) Her time to deliver the child came when they got to Bethlehem, not before on the road, but mercifully after they arrived. (God provided the perfect timing.) They had no crib so they laid Jesus in a manger which is used to hold hay when feeding animals. (God provided a special place for the child.) They were safe and out of the elements because God provided what they needed. God is our Provider. God provides for every creature He has made. He feeds the birds and gives us our daily food. We do not have strength or goodness of our own, but God gives it to us generously. He provides a way out of temptation and protects us from evil. God’s greatest provision was sending His Son Jesus. Because He gave us Jesus, we can trust Him for everything else we need.
Where do you see God’s provision for you in your life? We live in a world driven by wants and desires, greed and power. Sometimes we have to step back and look at our lives, what we have, the people, places and things that our ours. Where did they come from? If you say, “I did it”, aren’t you fooling yourself? Who gave you the opportunities to achieve, who gave you the strength, desire and power to overcome? God promises that He will meet our needs, not necessarily all our wants. Philippians 4:19 reminds us of God’s power to provide, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God knows what we need even before we ask as He is our all-knowing provider.
Here are a few other verses to ponder as you consider God, your provider. Psalm 23 :1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 34:9 “O [reverently] fear the Lord, you His saints (believers, holy ones); For to those who fear Him there is no want.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 ““No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
Praise and give thanks to your great Provider. God alone can and does provide what we need physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you Jesus!