Words from the Heart for Saturday December 23rd, 2017
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
Micah 5:2 (NIV)
The birth of Jesus fulfilled every detail the Lord had told in advance. Hundreds of years before the Lord had named Bethlehem as the place of the birth of the Ruler to come. The accuracy of the Word of the Lord amazes us! Be assured that He can also be trusted with every detail of your life.
There are some benefits to living in a small town. According to a website that helps immigrants settle into life in Canada, it is less expensive to start up a business or buy a home, and often there are more job opportunities in such things as agriculture and forestry. According to the website, in order for immigrants to successfully settle in a small town, they need to get to know the customs, surroundings and neighbours – and the neighbours need to welcome the new residents.
The principles of the Kingdom of God turn the principles of the world upside down. Here’s an example. The world says that important people need to live in important places. They should be born in palaces and raised in wealth and prestige. Nothing could be farther from the truth with God’s plan. He chose a tiny town of less than 1000 in one of the most remote regions in the Roman Empire. Bethlehem was a long way from Rome in just about every way. But centuries before Jesus was born there, God had chosen this tiny remote village as the birthplace of the King of kings. Micah 5:2: ““But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” And since that day, Bethlehem has been honoured above all other tiny villages and megacities. God chooses the insignificant and unimportant to accomplish His will and bring honour to Himself. He did that with Bethlehem and He does it with our lives as well.
These have been words from the heart.