by Heather Tietz
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah,
out of you one will come out to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times.
Our Christmas carols paint a beautiful picture of a famed Bethlehem. But, it was not always so. Bethlehem was once a humble town, small and insignificant in the shadow of its nearby neighbor, Jerusalem. But God chose it and worked it into His grand plan. Bethlehem became the city where Jesus’ great-grandmother Rachel was buried. It was the place where Jesus great-grandparents Ruth and Boaz were wed. It was the town where the youngest of Jessie’s sons was born, and where he was anointed by Samuel to become the beloved King David. Jesus, the one “Whose goings out were from of old” entered the world through this little city too.
Our great God loves little things, humble things, simple things. His power shows well through them!
We are a bit like Bethlehem, aren’t we? Most of us are small in comparison to the big deals of our world, the famous people, the important decision makers. But God has often picked the youngest in families, the weakest of the clan, the smallest towns. He chose ineloquent speakers to speak, like Moses, and elderly infertile women to carry on the Messianic line, like Rachel, like Sara. He multiplied speckled lambs to bring Jacob great wealth. He turned a virgin into the mother of His own Son. When God uses the humble we see clearly His strong hand.
Pray: Merry Christmas Jesus! Thank You for coming for little us. In Your Name, I pray, Amen.