December 23, 2023

A Personal Bethlehem

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Joseph also went up from Galilee … into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.”—Luke 2:4–5

What an awkward time to travel! The 100-mile journey from Galilee to Bethlehem was filled with unknowns and risks. Yet, preparing for the birth of their first child, Joseph and Mary felt compelled to take this journey.

They knew the angel Gabriel had told Mary that she would conceive and bring forth a special child, who would be the Son of God (Luke 1:31–35). But we can be sure that the journey presented complications and physical strains. Why, they must have wondered, at this delicate time, must they leave their home for this risky journey?

They must have had doubts. How could this perilous journey be part of God’s plan? They may have wondered and asked questions, but they obeyed and were faithful.

When they arrived in Bethlehem, there were no cheering crowds. There, in a humble stable, the Savior was born. Through their faithfulness, they changed the world.

Here, we find the model for the journey we must take. God has called each of us to go to special places and do specific tasks. We may have questions and doubts, but following the example set by Mary and Joseph, the key is to follow and obey, trusting God’s sovereign design.

What are the special places to which God has called you? To what special tasks has He called you? We find joy and fulfillment in serving Him wherever He calls us. Trust Him in each step of your journey.

Reflection Question: What has God called you to do during this special season?

Prayer
Father, I submit my life to You. Help me stay faithful to Your plan for me. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2

Prayer
Father, I submit my life to You. Help me stay faithful to Your plan for me. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2