‘Joseph…went…to…Bethlehem…because he was of the house…of David.’ Luke 2:4
Face it, there are times in life when some we wish we’d been born into a different family. George Burns quipped, ‘Happiness is having a large, caring, close-knit family – in another city!’ All joking aside, the family you’re in is no accident. God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…before you were born I [set you apart for a special purpose]’ (Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV). We tend to think of Jesus’ family only in terms of His heavenly Father. But He had a human family too; one that didn’t always understand Him. God used His family to mould Him and move Him towards His destiny, right down to where He would be born. ‘So Joseph also went up … to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David… While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born’ (Luke 2:4 NIV) Notice the words ‘the time came.’ There’s no coincidence or confusion on God’s calendar. He plans our lives right down to the minutest detail. He says, ‘”What I have planned, that will I do”‘ (Isaiah 46:11 NIV). Jesus likely became a carpenter because that was Joseph’s trade and because of His obligations as the oldest son, He probably waited till He was thirty to begin public ministry. ‘What does all this mean to me?’ you ask. Simply put: God will use your family to prepare you for the assignment He’s given you in life. He placed you there to shape you and make you more like Him; hopefully through godly role models and loving relationships. Even when you’re born into a dysfunctional, emotionally-distant family, He can still turn a curse into a blessing, because He loves you (Deuteronomy 23:5).
till next time,
easy does it 🙂