And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
This verse sets the stage for the birth of Jesus, emphasizing the historical context during the Roman Empire’s rule. Caesar Augustus ordered a census, leading Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem for a census. This event becomes the backdrop for the fulfillment of prophecy regarding the Messiah’s birth.
This highlights the sovereignty of God, and how events in the world are used to fulfill His divine plan. God used the decree of a powerful ruler to guide Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, fulfilling the prophecy of Micah 5:2.
God can and will use governmental decrees, life events, or unexpected twists to fulfill His purpose in our lives. As we go through our Christian journey, let’s remain grounded in faith, knowing that God is in control, and His plans are ultimately for our good and His glory.
This verse encourages us to see God’s power in the details of our life. Just as He allowed the census to take place, God allows certain things to take place so we can be aligned to His will.
Lord, thank You for allowing the good and bad that has taken place in my life. Help me to see Your power and sovereignty in the midst of every event. Place me where You need me so that You receive all glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.