Advent Day 20 O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Little Town of Bethlehem is a popular Christmas Carol that simply says of course about Jesus birth. It also gives the message to welcome the new born into this world or to the town. I'm not sure how big Bethlehem is or kind of town it is, but God had a purpose and a reason for Bethlehem for the place of birth. Maybe the town wasn't much of a place, not alot gose on Idk, but like it says as you get further down in 1 Corinthians 1 He chooses things, places, people that arn't always what man thinks is best.

 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie…

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth, The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years, Are met in thee tonight

Bethlehem was a town that was considered tiny and insignificant. Micah 5 describes Bethlehem as being “….small among the clans of Judah.” Yet Micah went on to say “out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel.” Sure enough, Jesus was born in Bethlehem some 700 years later.

The significance of insignificant Bethlehem can’t be understated. God loves to work in amazing ways through the unlikely and the overlooked. It’s easy for all of us to feel undervalued and unimportant, but that is exactly the type of person God will use. Think of the endless ways God could use you if you surrender to His will.

Actually Bethlehem did have some significance before Jesus’ birth. Among other things it was also the birthplace of David, Israel’s greatest Old Testament warrior and king. However, this is also another example of God’s amazing sovereignty. David was the youngest son of Jesse, who considered him the unlikeliest of his boys to become king. But God saw through all that and had him anointed the next ruler of Israel. Again, God was working in ways that are outside of man’s conventional wisdom.

We tend to see our life and circumstances through a man-made perspective. Once we realize that the Lord works in mysterious ways that are far above our own, we will be more ready for Him to use us in an exciting way.

Of course nothing has more significance than the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. How unlikely is it that it would begin one quiet, peaceful night in a quiet, peaceful town. The “everlasting Light”, the “hopes and fears of all the years” all started in the “…Little Town of Bethlehem.”

Questions:

How have you seen God use seemingly insignificant people and events in your life or the lives of others?

Have you ever felt overlooked? What effect has that had on you?

What action will you take to allow God to use you in a significant way?

My Answers:

I'm not sure entirley because I often think lots of people are better than me anyhow, but idk maybe kids from work and my brother. I work with kids with special needs and not that I'm underestimating them or saying they can't do things or anything, but I've seen them grow and sometimes they will say or do something that just makes you go like wow! they did that! sometimes it can blow your mind what they can do in thier own way.

I often feel overlooked, underestimated and judged by some people what God has given me capable of doing. That make makes me feel useless or not worth much, and hurt. It dosn't help my confidence be stronger when people judge my abilities, I know I'm not perfect at everything, but when I do prove people wrong and sometimes myself it dose feel good.

I need to let God work in me and sometimes He'll bring encouraging people or friends to help me succeed, mentor ect. Also His abilities and doors He'll open for me as well.

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