In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. Luke 2:1, 3
Unexpected situations happen in the lives of people on a regular basis. Very few people actually enjoy these situations when they occur.
These situations are a disruption in their life and can often be costly and time consuming. Along with those things they are often uncomfortable. It can cause a change in plans and desires very quickly, yet must be dealt with.
One some day, Caesar Augustus suddenly decides to have a census taken of everyone in his empire. This caused everyone to have to travel back to their hometowns.
Some people probably still lived in their hometown, so it did not mean much to them. Others, however, lived far away and it meant some long distance traveling. For one couple, Marry and Joseph, they lived a good distance away and she was also very pregnant. Yet, they still had to make the trip.
In the end this trip caused Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, not Nazareth, as the prophecies had claimed.
Although most people are not a part of some grand prophecy, God still has a plan for their lives. In order for God to fulfill His plan for their lives, sometimes He has to move them down a different path than what they are on. This can often mean some discomfort and disruption in life.
God may cause a car to break down on the way to work, so that the believer can be a witness to a mechanic or towing person. One may lose a job, so that he gets another job in order to be a witness to a new group of people.
Disruptions can occur all the time, but God uses them for His purpose in the lives of His people. Every believer must be willing to see what God’s will is in every situation.
As you are going through life, there will be disruptions in your plans. Seek God’s Spirit to know what He wants you to do. Ask why He is moving you down a different path and how you can use it to His glory.
These situations may be for your growth or for you to help someone else to grow in the Lord or to come to the Lord.
Are you willing to be used or will you grumble and complain?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s hand in your life; that you will see God’s plan for your life; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom on this earth.