Portion 34- Luke 2:1-7

Submitted by: Minister M. Smith

Related scriptures: Numbers 1:1-4:20, Hosea 1:10-20 & Psalms 122

The Sovereignty of YHVH will put us in the right place at the right time.

In the mist of this world we sometimes find ourselves in circumstances that are beyond our control. Many times these circumstances are inconvenient, uncomfortable and challenging; something we would never enter into on our own recognizance. Sometimes it takes extraordinary circumstances to get us out of our comfort zone to take us exactly where YHVH wants us to be; surrendered, stretched, and submitted to His will. YHVH orchestrates circumstances in our lives that remove our ability to lean to our own understanding, unable to add our own opinion, and unable control the outcome. Romans 8:28 says: “Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose;” We are in constant need of YHVH’s intervention, without it we would wind up stagnant, unchanged and wasting away. It is in YHVH’s faithfulness that He intervenes in our lives and willingly hides the execution of His plan so that we end up in the right place at the right time. (The census ordered by Emperor Augustus caused Yosef and Mary to be in Beit-Lechem at the time of Yeshua’s birth.)

YHVH’s perfect plan may not look like the “ideal situation”.

Many times we assume that when all of the pieces are in a familiar sequence, then YHVH is at work. Rarely do we recognize the working of Yah if it is not in the ideal sequence. It is true that YHVH is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8); Yet, He is always doing something new. In Isaiah 43:18-19 YHVH says; “Stop dwelling on past events and brooding over times gone by; I am doing something new; it’s springing up — can’t you see it? If we are always looking for what the world calls an “ideal situation” we will be left anxious and confused. ADONAI does not always work in the ideal. ADONAI uses what the world calls “nonsense” to redeem those who trust (I Corinthians 1:21). It is by that trust that we are able to proceed when the situation is not ideal. When we trust and obey the first instruction given by YHVH, then we can be sure that we are in His will regardless of the situation. (Yosef and Mary were far from the ideal situation, yet there situation fulfilled the prophecy about the Messiah.)

If we focus on our being inconvenienced we will miss the Deliverance of Yah.

Our desire for convenience has left us unable to deal with change. This is a great hindrance in our walk with YHVH. YHVH is dynamic; He is always working in ways beyond our “conveniences”. If we are only concerned about our own comfort we will not be in union with Yah. We have to understand that our discomfort is a part of the deliverance; the discomfort it is what we are being delivered from. Yeshua said: “Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Yeshua understands that we are struggling that’s why He is bringing rest. Rest coincides with freedom; convenience coincides with bondage. If we are only seeking convenience, we will never enter into freedom. (Yosef and Mary’s did not let their inconvenience darken the birth of Yeshua.)

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