Sunday: February 2, 2020
Reference: Luke 2:22-40
Luke 2:32-33 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
Just at that time when Mary and Joseph seemed to have come to terms with the fact that they were guardians of ‘the son of God’, up comes Simeon dramatically to drop another bomb on them about what they should expect going forward. One would have thought that after all the miraculous events and visitations that accompanied Jesus’ birth, the words of Simeon should have been no surprise, but clearly Mary and Joseph were left marvelled.
At this point in time, they may even have begun asking themselves ” what child have we got on our hands? Are we even confident of being able to guide Him right? Is there anything we can actually do for him? Such doubts are founded because in plain terms, Mary was no one but a teenager married to Joseph, a carpenter. This was a combination of hands that seemed to have ‘wrong choice’ written all over it’
Under normal circumstances and classifications, they appeared unqualified to be the guardians of the saviour, yet they were God’s choice. All evidence suggesting that they were not up to task was dispelled when the life of Jesus is recounted – they did an awesome job with his nurturing.
Sweetheart, for every assignment God entrusts to us, we can be certain that He makes all provision to ensure we are able to do a good job if we are willing. Joseph and Mary were not well to do, evident in the fact that they provided two turtle doves and not a lamb and a dove (Leviticus 12:8). But they were able to provide a good home, an atmosphere for Jesus to mature in, and that was what was required of them.
Remember # You have enough within to fulfil your God-given assignment – God has ensured that.