Have you ever just want to run away from somewhere because it’s so dirty, noisy and uncomfortable? Well, welcome to the scene of Jesus’ first day on earth.
I’m quite sure if God sought your help concerning where Jesus should be born you’d have looked for the best hospital with the best doctors in the world. Everything has to be perfect! I mean, it’s the Son of God and saviour of the universe we are talking about here. But He was born in a goat shed. How could God let His own precious Son be delivered in a manger?
I know sometimes we find ourselves in certain places and we are so desperate to leave because we think there are better places to be. When we can’t leave, we get so angry. Often times we even forget that God leads us into uncomfortable places to birth great things in us whether we think it’s right to be there or not. I know it may be easy to drown yourself in self-pity because you believe you’re better than where you’re standing right now.
God knew exactly where Jesus was despite being wrapped in a swaddling cloth in a manger in Bethlehem village. The place may not be the most honourable place for Jesus to be born but God’s eyes still went there with Him, a host of angels rejoiced over Him, wise men sought Him and right in the manger He received gold and precious perfumes.
Your location cannot limit God no matter how terrible it looks. It doesn’t stop God from giving or revealing to you. If God took you there, then He’s not shocked that you are there. Great things happen even in the tunnels. Men collect treasures even in dark places. When you know you’re at the centre of God’s will then you should always be expectant to receive His blessings. Yes, even in the manger.
If God leads you to a place, stay there and maintain a good attitude. Complaints and anger will blind you to what God wants to do in you in that position. Your anger may not let you see who has even called you to be in that location with Him for a while. And of course, the one you’re there for is more important than the place itself.
You may think you’re in the backside of nowhere but angels are rejoicing over you and it’s just you and God in that place where He is filling you up and preparing you for great impacts in your world. Sometimes the very place you’re trying to run out of is where God has sent your blessings.
You’re always somewhere if you’re in that place with God no matter where on earth that place is, and you’re coming out richer and smelling like a field God has blessed.
She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
Luke 2:7-17 NLT