“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” Micah 5:2
Sometimes I feel like I’m looking at a map with one red dot that says, “You are here,” and another red dot way on the opposite side of the map that says “God’s purpose for you is here.” I’m so very far away. Four hundred after Micah’s prophecy, a young woman was startled to learn that she was pregnant with the Promised One – the Messiah. But wait—she is in Nazareth and the prophecy said the Messiah would come out of Bethlehem, some 80 miles away. So was the prophecy wrong? Did God make a mistake? Not at all. God had a plan and He would use a pagan ruler to fulfill it. Check it out:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph went up from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child” (Luke 2:1-5).
Mary made it to the right place – Bethlehem – at the right time – when her baby was born – through the “whim” of a Roman ruler who had no reverence for the God of Israel.
Beloved, God has a time and place of purpose in His plan for you. You probably won’t get there via a straight line. You may feel you are completely off track, or that God has forgotten all about you. You’re not sure how you wound up where you are or why. But be assured that God, who created you with a time and place in mind, is still guiding you. He knows exactly where you are right now and where He wants you to be and when. He didn’t fail to fulfill the prophecy of old, and He won’t fail to fulfill His purpose for your life. Wherever you are today is not the end of your journey. Trust Him, trust His ways, trust His heart. He knows the where and the when and the way to get you there.