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“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” John 1:46
Don’t you love how you can find lessons of God’s character all through the Bible? I love how even just this one statement says so much about Jesus. I love how when we take a moment to connect the dots, this statement carries so much significance.
Even his hometown had a reputation of being insignificant and forgettable. As I thought more about this, I thought about the story Jesus shares in Matthew 25:31-46…about helping the least of these and the so-called nobodies in life. “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Then I thought about Paul coming to the realization that because of God’s grace in his life that he is made perfect through his weaknesses and his struggles.
And again, I thought about Paul’s reminder in 1 Corinthians 1 that “God chose the foolish things of the world, to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
Then I thought about our struggles and our pain in this life. I think about how we sometimes shout out to God, “Lord, how can anything good come out of this? What are you doing? It doesn’t make sense.”
Do you see the dots connecting?
God came for the weak, the insignificant, the outcasts, and the humble in heart. He came for those who know (deep down) they need a Savior. And the first chapters of his life here on earth set the stage, born in the small village of Bethlehem (outside the significant world of Jerusalem) and raised in Nazareth. A city of insignificance. A small dot on the map that seemingly had nothing to really offer the world.
That’s just beautiful to me.
All through Scripture, God is crossing t’s and dotting i’s. Every detail leads us back to His character, to who He is and why He came.
Maybe today, you are doubting that God can make a masterpiece out of your mess, that nothing good can come out of it. But let me reassure you that, at this very moment, He is at work. He is crossing t’s and dotting the i’s in your story too!
Going to share one of my favorite Christmas songs again today because how He chose to enter our mess humbles me anytime I pause to think about it.