Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
What’s the big deal about Bethlehem? Have you ever wondered why God chose Bethlehem to be the birthplace of Jesus?
Bethlehem which means “House of Bread”, has historical significance as the place where David was crowned as king of Israel thus giving Jesus a royal lineage. According to the Book of Ruth, Bethlehem is where Ruth gleaned the fields for grain.
Joseph and Mary had to travel about 80 miles south of Nazareth to reach Bethlehem to register for the census. It would have taken them several days as they journeyed down the dusty and rocky roads. Being 9-months pregnant, Mary would have either walked or rode on a donkey.
Needless to say, it was difficult and dangerous for the young couple. But it was Bethlehem that Micah prophesied to be the birthplace for the Messiah (Micah 5:2). So they went.
Sometimes our life’s journey is difficult and dangerous, but God has a plan for our life. We may not know why we go where we go but God directs our steps. We just need to be obedient and go.
Are you being obedient to the plan of God? Are you allowing God to use you right where He has you?
Lord, Your plans and Your purposes are much better than mine. Your ways and thoughts are so much higher than mine. Help me to trust you in every area of my life. Even when I question what is happening help me to trust in You.