Long before baby Jesus was born, God prophesied that a King would be born in Bethlehem. God's plans caused Caesar Augustus to issue a decree that all the world should be taxed.
Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem confident their Heavenly Father was taking care of every detail - but there was no room for them or baby Jesus in the inn! Mary may have been tempted to doubt the Divine planning. Surely there would have been arrangements made for Jesus to be born in a respectable place.
Sometimes we think God must have forgotten to plan some details of our lives. Things don't seem to fall together. But God always provides, although not always in the way we anticipate. Sometimes He says, "I have higher purposes than simply allowing all to fall together easily. Trust Me to be your loving Guide no matter how things seem."
Thank You, Jesus, for being my perfect Guide. I will trust You even though I do not understand.
"The LORD will guide you continually" (Isaiah 58:11).
(This devotional is taken from the December 20 entry in If God Is Pleased All Is Well.)
Memory Verse for December "Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always" (1 Chronicles 16:9-11).