'"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Matthew 2:6 NLT
Thoughts on Today’s Verse: I grew up in a small town in the southern part of Wisconsin. It wasn’t known for much except for the drinking age being 18 while surrounded by states where the age was 21. There was a fireworks factory, a paper machine foundry on the river, the Stella Cheese factory and a sewage problem that caused the town to smell…a lot. I often wondered what good could ever come out of that place. Similar thoughts were common about the little town of Bethlehem, too. It wasn’t exactly the place you would expect a royal birth. Well, earthy royalty, that is. Heaven’s royalty offers us an entirely different perspective. God can use the tiniest place, the roughest person and do something amazing. Bethlehem was about to shine the brightest light it had ever seen. Little did that city planning committee know that their small town would be talked about for generations. Did they realize they were about to host Heaven’s Savior and King? Forget about the Hyatt, we're talking in a feeding trough no less! Do we realize the humility our God showed by sending His son to us with such…simplicity? Bethlehem is a reminder that God can use just about anything to show His glory can shine everywhere. Anywhere. Anyone. Yes, even you and me.
“O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight…”
My Prayer: Lord, help me to see the beauty in the simple things of life that show off your glorious light. May I never underestimate all that you are.