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Go Straight to Bethlehem

Luke 2:15-16

When the angels had left them and returned to heaven the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough.

On an ordinary night, to an ordinary people, news of the extraordinary appeared. The shepherds knew they had to go right away to Bethlehem because God had made the proclamation known to them. They didn’t worry about the sheep but went straight to Bethlehem to find the baby. Having known of the promise from ancestors who believed for centuries, they would now see the fulfillment.

When they acted upon the news, they found exactly what the angels said they would find – Mary, Joseph, and the baby in the feeding trough. God promised it centuries earlier, and the angels proclaimed the time was now. They saw the evidence after they acted upon it. 

In our own lives, God may promise something that doesn’t materialize right away. We often have to wait long periods of time before we see that thing happen, and many of us even give up hope. Then one day in the midst of our ordinary lives, God sends word that His miracle has happened or is about to happen. Will we believe Him and go where He leads or shrink back in disbelief? Those shepherds would have lived lives of regret if they had disregarded the message. Christ would have still come for the world, but they would not have been able to participate in the glorious arrival. Don’t let disbelief hinder you from experiencing the miracles of God in your own life. He still works in extraordinary ways for and through ordinary people, including you.

Move straight into what God has told you to do today. Even if you have experienced failure in the past, God will bring about exactly what He has promised! Don’t let regret ruin your destiny. Run straight to your Bethlehem to see what God says is true!

Have a blessed day!

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