But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2 ESV)
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7 ESV)
The Old Testament prophecy spoken to God’s people in Micah 5:2 was a promise fulfilled by God in the New Testament, Luke 2:1-7. The fulfilled promise was made by the greatest miracle that has ever taken place – Jesus being born of the virgin Mary.
What does it look like to have God’s promises fulfilled and see miracles take place today? I have contemplated this question as I’ve meditated on the fulfilled promise and miracle that God orchestrated during that first Christmas.
An example of a fulfilled promise, a miracle in my life is the birth of our daughter. Growing up, I was abused mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I was on a walk one day in my early twenties, considering the events of my childhood. That day, I asked the Lord if He would give me a little girl someday. I wanted the opportunity to nurture her and treat her differently. After I prayed, I sensed a firm conviction that He had heard me and would give me a daughter.
Years later, when I was pregnant with our first child, I fully expected a girl. When we found out the baby was a boy, we were happy, of course. I thanked the Lord and kindly reminded Him of the promise He had made to me. I confidently assumed that we would have a girl on our next go-around. The second time around we found out the baby was a boy. Again, we were happy, of course, and at the same time, I couldn’t help but feel some disappointment. Our plan was to have two children. I felt let down by God and doubted He had heard my prayer. The “promise” I thought He had given me felt completely made up. Maybe I hadn’t heard Him; maybe I was mistaken. One thing I’ve discovered about God is that sometimes His plans don’t match up with mine. Oftentimes, they are better. Ten months after I gave birth to our second son, I gave birth to our little girl. A miracle occurred, and it was immeasurably more than I could have ever asked for or imagined!
This Christmas, are you waiting in anticipation for something? A miracle, perhaps? Turn your waiting into a prayer to God.
- Think about one promise that God has fulfilled in your life. Was the promise fulfilled by way of a miracle? Spend a moment thanking God for His faithfulness.
- The distance between Galilee, the town of Nazareth, to Bethlehem is about 65 miles. I can imagine the trip would have been uncomfortable for Mary, especially near the end of her pregnancy. Being obedient to what God has called us to do isn’t always easy. It can be incredibly hard and uncomfortable at times. Has God ever asked you to do something difficult on the way to doing something great? Describe that time.
- What do you learn about God through the passages above? What He desires, how He works?
- What is God asking you to change – in your attitudes, actions, or thoughts – through the passage above?
Lord, we know You can do immeasurably more than all we ask for or even imagine, according to your power. We ask You to continue to work on our behalf, fulfilling the promises You have made in Your Word. Please help us proclaim the promises and miracles You do in ways that honor you. Give us the strength we need to be obedient to You and endure, especially when it gets hard, complicated, or uncomfortable. Thank You for everything You have done and continue to do in our lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brandie Muncaster is a wife and mom who possesses a passion for God’s Word, writing, prayer, and seeing God transform people’s lives through inner healing. As someone who has known the powerful transforming work of God in her own life, it is her passion to see others experience the same! Brandie and her husband have been married for over a decade, and they have three young children. Their most favorite pastimes are playing sports and spending time outdoors, either at the beach or in the mountains.