For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God is in the Miracle Business. He creates worlds, creates stars, and created us.
God also is Truth. He doesn’t speak truth, He is truth. It is impossible for God to lie. Everything He says, happens.
So when He says that He has good plans for us, we can believe this and even more. We can believe that He has a plan that is better than we can ask or imagine.
This week, we will celebrate the Miracle of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus. We will celebrate that through God’s love and perfect plan he created a way for us to know him and have eternal life.
He has a good plan, but let’s look at the other word of God’s promise in Jeremiah.… He says His plan will not lead to Disaster. He did not promise he would not not inconvenience us, He promised, He wouldn’t ruin us.
So, let’s look closer at the Christmas story.
- Angel comes to a young Girl…. Bam!!! You’re Pregnant.
- Hey Fiancée, “I ‘m Pregnant.” It’s God’s…you know… The Messiah.
- Hey Family… Guess What
- Oh Babe, You’re 8 Months pregnant. Get ready for a mule ride to Bethlehem
- We’re here… There are no rooms.
- It’s OK babe, I found a barn for us to have the baby.
- Yeah, I ‘m sorry no family is here, but we have some shepherds.
The Christmas story is full of inconveniences, some HUGE, some small. Each time the person chose to believe that God’s plan would not lead to disaster but to a fulfillment of His promise. He promise, made 700 years before in the Book of Micah is that the Savior of the world would be born to a virgin in Bethlehem.
“But you, O Bethlehem, are only a small village among all the people of Judah.Yet a ruler of Israel,… And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.Then his people will live there undisturbed, for he will be highly honored around the world. And He will be the source of peace.”
Many today have bought into a philosophy that God would not want us to be inconvenienced; God would not want to disrupt our good lives. Actually, that is exactly what He is looking to do.
Look again at the Christmas Story, and throughout history and you will see where God asks this question. “Do you want relationship with me more than your current schedule or plan?” He is in the disrupting business because our plans would not lead to Him, but His plan leads to an eternal life with Him for us and for others.
Aren’t we glad that Mary and Joseph said, “Yes.”
In this Christmas week, I am praying that we all embrace a little holy disruption to our tradition and that we open that God’s great promise is worth a detour or two.