Day 9 – A Manger for a Bed
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
When Mary and Joseph knew that they had to go to Bethlehem I’m sure they may have questioned God. The distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem is almost 100 miles – that’s 3.8 marathons, a huge inconvenience for anyone to travel on foot. Yet they trusted that the census falling in line with Jesus’ birth wasn’t just a coincidence. Although they felt scared and distressed, they listened and obeyed, even when there was no place for them to stay. God provided in a desperate situation. Luke 2 vs 7 “and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
In life, sometimes we find it hard to trust that God is in control of the situation. But like Mary and joseph did, believe that God will keep you safe and uphold his promises. Even when you feel alone and are desperately searching (like when they couldn’t find a room) or when what God is asking of you feels inconvenient (like the long journey) have faith. As Proverbs 3 vs 5-6 puts it “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.”