At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. 3 Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.
Luke 2: 1-3 GNT
The rooms are full. My new employees show up on time and work hard. Things are going well. I'm betting that's not what the emperor intended for us. I can't help but ask, "Why me, Lord?" Why is He choosing to bless me of all people in spite of Caesar's not so hidden agenda?
We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan.
Romans 8:28 ERV
Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David.
Luke 2: 4 GNT
They seemed so tired. But what kind eyes they both had, and when they spoke it was with understanding and empathy. "Why Lord, why did they offer kindness in exchange for my paltry offer of a shed?"
She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.
Luke 2:7 GNT
Dear One, I searched, I really did. I searched the Word and could not find evidence that the Lord requires us to succeed in every challenge He calls us to. He calls us to obey.
God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.
1 Samuel 16: 7b MSG