Knowing What's ImportantHoliday Devotional – Day 15

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped
Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7 (NKJV)

We would imagine that, after a long journey and when about to deliver the world’s Savior, Mary and Joseph were exhausted yet excited, eager to get to a comfortable resting place. Perhaps they were scared when there was no place to stay and no bed for Mary and the baby. Perhaps they were confused, wondering why God wouldn’t provide for them what they needed to serve in this very special way. Perhaps they trusted that He had not forgotten about their most important mission. Perhaps they trusted each step that led them the manger.

Christmas reminds us to trust God’s sovereign plan even if we get scared or confused. Christmas reminds us that God’s methods may seem unusual sometimes, and we may not understand every turn or development, but He is always in control. He showed us His perfect attention to detail and planning when He chose the place for His most important gift. And He left everything less important somewhere else. That’s a guide we can use–the best choice is always to follow God and let everything else less important settle somewhere else. Christmas is a beautiful celebration of Mary and Joseph’s trust, and that’s a gift they still give to us today.

Prayer

Father, thank You for always having the perfect plan for Your will and for helping us know what we need to know to do our most important work.

Action

Get an empty first-aid kit and let your children put silly things in the box–toys, spoons, crayons, anything that would be useless for first aid. Help them see that something full of the less important stuff isn’t what we need, and the inn was full of everything less important that Jesus, so Mary and Joseph didn’t need it–they only needed to trust and follow God.