When we think about Jesus’ birth, it is not uncommon for us to recognize that He was born in a stable, His bed a manger. However, what we fail to realize is that even as a very young child – a babe learning to walk and talk, He was already hated and despised. His family moved from Bethlehem to Egypt to protect His life. When they were able to leave Egypt, His family did not settle in Judah as they would have liked. It was too dangerous. Rather, they settled in the small city of Nazareth.
Such a rough start. It would be easy to become discouraged, to live in fear, to hide away and recoil. But Jesus and His family did not live in fear. The lived in faith. They knew that these trials were no surprise to their Heavenly Father. They knew He would prepare a way, so they trusted. They trusted and listened. In his twenties Jesus must have had moments of fear and doubt as He knew revealing who He was would cost His life, yet He was getting older and His purpose was not yet fulfilled. Still He waited. Still He trusted. And His faith grew.
What an example. What a thought. No matter what trials we face, even when we feel the whole world is against us, we have a Savior who understands. When we reach that point in our lives where we feel as though we should have done so much, but it seems we’ve done so little, we can rest in the strength and hope and trust in Jesus.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6