advent – seven

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5)

Following on from yesterday, God did not use Jerusalem, he did not use Rome or any of the other great centres of the day. He chose a small city, a village by our reckoning, from which Israel’s great King would come.

God does not necessarily use the great, the wise, the wealthy, the powerful in order to reveal and execute his purposes.

He does not always use the big city, the grand palace, the great tabernacle with great preachers and great congregations with great singers and musicians.

He does not always use the violent storm with crashing thunder and streaking lightning bolts, the earth quakes or other awesome, terrifying manifestations of nature.

God can, and does, use these on occasion. But he often doesn’t.

So take heart, people: he uses the still small voice, the simple, the foolish, the weak, the meek, the poor, the humble through which to display his power and glory.

He used Bethlehem, a stable, a manger and swaddling cloths.

Born in Bethlehem Third Day


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