He Is On The Throne
Caesar Augustus – the name itself inspires a certain awe and authority. For sure, the decrees of this first Roman emperor were not to be trifled with. Joseph probably had little choice but to follow the Caesar’s decree and head to Bethlehem for the census.
He had to take a long difficult trip with a young, pregnant wife. But, despite what it seemed like on the outside, God was orchestrating every detail. Despite the seeming unknowns, God knew every step. He was in perfect control. In fact, Caesar was just being used to fulfill prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
Yes, sometimes our lives may seem a meaningless series of mishaps and misfortunes. It may seem like the “powers that be” are twisting the very fabric of our lives to suit their purposes. But, it’s amazing how God works in the background to fulfill His plan. He has put those powers and authorities in place and He is far above all. Yes, the government shall be upon His shoulders!
Father, as I read about the Christmas story and the marvelous unfolding of events prophesied hundreds of years before that, I stand astounded by Your power. You are the Alpha and the Omega. Nothing and nobody can thwart your plans, Lord. Help me be confident in Your power! Amen