Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
(Luke 2:1-4 (NIV))
Where did Ceasar Augustus get the idea that this census should be taken?
God uses non-believers to accomplish His will.
This census was probably the most important census in all of human history, for it set into action the fulfillment of the prophesy regarding the place of Jesus’ birth. God, through all of His infinite wisdom, used Ceasar Augustus to fulfill His will.
If God used Ceasar Augustus, who, both believer and non-believer, is God using today to fulfill His will?
We sit and watch the news and hear about war, rumors of war, false peace, and we are watching God’s will unfold before our eyes. We do not know at what stage in God’s plan we are, but we know that God is in control and that He is revealing history as we watch.
Do we, as believers, have the luxury of sitting idly by and watching it unfold, or do we have the responsibility to be an active part of God’s plan?
Jesus told us that we should recognize the season. He also told us to go into all the world and make disciples.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
(Mark 16:15 (NIV))
Are we making disciples in this time of harvest?
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
(Luke 10:2 (NIV))
Are you a willing worker?
Are you praying for a bountiful harvest?
Or are you simply content to watch as things unfold?
It is your choice. What is your decree?