Have you ever wondered why God would prophesy His coming to earth?
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”Micah 5:2
What we know of the times when Jesus came to Earth is that many of the religious leaders were getting it so wrong. They were looking for a conquering hero not a baby in a manger. We have the gift of knowing the whole story…at least the parts that were foretold and then fulfilled in Jesus. We can see clearly what they could not.
What that clarity has taught me is to be careful how I speak for God. The Pharisees willingly spoke on Gods behalf and got a lot of it wrong. They didn’t see…couldn’t see.
What am I not seeing correctly?
I willingly and joyfully speak of Gods goodness and character. I speak of His love and compassion and sacrifice. I speak of Him being my savior and my Lord. I speak of His desire to be in relationship with every single one of His children. I speak of His desire for our obedience because He KNOWS us and what’s best. I am careful, however, of how I speak For Him about others and His will and the future.
We have the gift of knowing how those who went before us got it wrong and the hurt and damage they caused. May we learn. May we pause. May we graciously and mercifully following Gods lead in all things.
Dear God, you have promised wisdom to any who lacks. Good today we crave more of you and your wisdom. May we not throw away the lessons we can learn from the lives of others. May we not arrogantly believe we have it all right. May we humbly walk with You and love like You. Amen