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The Christmas Code - December 11, 2022

BETHLEHEM IS A PLACE OF PROVIDENCE


“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

Yet out of you shall come forth to Me

The One to be Ruler in Israel,

Who's going forth are from old,

From everlasting.”

Micah 5:2


Long centuries before His birth, the prophets foretold that Christ would be born in Bethlehem. But how? Joseph and Mary resided 70 miles north, in Nazareth. God put the whole world in motion to fulfill His word. A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that everyone was to go to the place of their family lineage to pay taxes. So Joseph, because he was in the line of David, left Nazareth with his very pregnant wife on a long journey of inconvenience.


Many of the things in our lives that on the surface appear inconvenient, may just be the hand of God's providence getting us to our own Bethlehem.


Bethlehem reminds us that what God promises, He performs -- no matter what. Bethlehem is a place of providence, and so are you.


CODE WORD: PROVIDENCE


God is at work, behind the scenes in your life, right now: “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men” (Daniel 4: 17). God has not abdicated his throne. He is at work in your life when you are not even aware.


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Lord, what you have promised you will perform. Make me a Bethlehem today.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.



This Daily Devotional is from The Christmas Code by O. S. Hawkings

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