On the 14th Day of Christmas – We aren’t meant to be comfortable.
Luke 2:7 “She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”
Of all the places for a King to be born, Our Lord and King was born into the most humble, uncomfortable feeding trough around.
Mary had just traveled down a long hard road to get to her betrothed’s hometown. She was probably hoping to find a cozy bed to lay her head and a place to kick up her feet, since Mary was now ready to deliver the Son of God, the King of Kings.
But instead of finding a comfortable place to deliver the child, there was no room for them anywhere. A thoughtful inn keeper must have taken notice of Mary’s very pregnant belly, swollen feet and uncomfortable disposition, so he gave her and her beloved space in his stable where the animals slept.
This space was by no means comfortable, but it was enough. Because Jesus is ENOUGH.
Jesus, Our Lord and King, wasn’t to be born into comfort, instead, he was born in a stable, wrapped with pieces of cloth that they could scrounge up, and placed in a feeding trough. Yet the comfortless birth didn’t change who He was, it only made Him more human.
God doesn’t call us to be comfortable, He calls us to stand out when we’re uncomfortable.
Our life should be marked with growth and growth comes in the fire, in the heat, and the hard times.
Our comfort should be found in Jesus, the one we seek, the one we follow, the one we praise when we’re at our weakest point. If Jesus could be born in a manger, we should choose joy in every uncomfortable moment, day, week, or year we find ourself in.
Jesus is our example, He is our comfort, He is our reason to keep moving forward in the hard times, He is enough.
We are Comforted in Jesus!
2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 16-17 “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”