By now, Mary & Joseph would have been on the last day of the Journey. A journey that would have normally taken 4-5 days. A trek that would have racked up 97 miles on their fit bits. A journey that still speaks to us today.

Like Abraham, Joseph and Mary had received a promise that would change the world forever, But this promise wasn’t just a prequel to what would one day happen, it was the fulfillment of what God had spoken of thousands of years ago.

Like Isaiah, Joseph and Mary had received word that unto them a son would be given. But this gift wasn’t just a child to wreck their reputation, but a child with the ability to restore the brokenness of every man’s reputation.

Like us, Joseph and Mary had a choice, allow the cares of this world to choke the life out of His word or allow His word to strengthen every step of faith? Joseph and Mary had all the evidence they needed to take the next step, yet that evidence would require faith to step into everything God had for them.

Sometimes the journey to see God’s word come to pass has a very godless undertone. Sometimes it feels like we are just fulfilling the desires of an unbelieving, greedy, tyrant. Sometimes it feels like we should’ve bailed when we had the chance. Sometimes we forget that the work He began years ago (maybe nine months ago) He is faithful to finish.

Friends, I believe God has been working in your life. The evidence is overwhelming. Whether everything is going right, or everything is still in a downward spiral. Do not forget, that even in the process of belief, even in the womb of faith, He is Immanuel, God with us.

I ask you, what have you lost hope in today, that might be a part of the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. That might seem like its useless, but in the eyes of God, very necessary. That may seem godless, not knowing that God is in the center of it all. Lift your head up, look to the sky, where your help comes from.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
PSALM 43:5

I pray you have a Merry Christmas, and that today(and tomorrow) many are encouraged as you share His unfailing love with them.

Be Encouraged,
Pastor Hector