Remember as a kid when you would unwrap a gift and discover it wasn’t something you really wanted, but then your parents explained that it was something you needed? The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was a little like that—it wasn’t exactly what people were hoping for, but it was exactly what they needed.
The real meaning of that Christmas gift wasn’t realized until after Jesus was crucified and resurrected back to life.
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Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps (Jeremiah 10:23 NIV).
I didn’t create my life—You did!
So “people do not control their own destiny” (NET)—You do!
“Mere mortals can’t run their own lives” (MSG)—You can!
“The way of man is not in himself” (NKJV)—it’s in You!
Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—not in Your anger, or You will reduce me to nothing (Jeremiah 10:24 NIV).
You can correct me “with justice” (NKJV)—I can’t!
You know how to “be gentle” (NLT)—I don’t!
God, You correct “as You see best” (MSG)—I can’t!
I’d say it’s pretty clear that there is only One who can lead me in the way I should go. So my prayer should always be: Heavenly Father, You are Sovereign, You are Love, and I trust You completely to guide me into paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake, as only You know how. Holy Spirit, help me to trust You in this journey. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I used only two verses to write this post, but I read them in multiple translations. This is another great Bible study tool that any of us can use. If you would like to read more about the various translations of the Bible and how to access them, please check out this post.