A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom to be planted. Deeper Roots is focused on analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Luke 2:1-7.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Luke shows how we should respond when the promise doesn’t look like we pictured. Our passage highlights the events that took place prior to Jesus’s earthly arrival. Joseph had to return to the town of his ancestors to be registered. Joseph was part of the lineage of David and so he and Mary traveled to Bethlehem. Once they arrived, there was no room in the inn, so Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough for animals).
Mary expressed her joy at the news of Jesus Christ and being chosen as the one to birth him into the world. But, she was not told about the conditions of his birth. There were unexpected circumstances that came with the promise. But, that didn’t deter Mary. Though she was a virgin, she had been with her cousin Elizabeth and had walked alongside her during her pregnancy. She had positioned herself well, so Mary was able to navigate the birth in an unexpected situation.
God’s promises will come to pass. And yet, there are times when He withholds the full story. God knows how much information we can handle. If he told us all of the challenges we’d have to weather to get to the promise, many of us would turn around. That’s why God releases instructions piece by piece. It’s our responsibility to steward each piece wisely. We must make the best of each situation we encounter by looking to God for strength and wisdom. When the current circumstances don’t look like the promise, keep going, keep trusting, keep believing.