4Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, (Luke 2:1-5)


The prophet Micah prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Yet Joseph and Mary lived in the Galilean town of Nazareth. This was a problem. How would God work this out? He actually used Caesar Augustus to move Joseph and Mary into the proper place. This reveals some very important things to us.

First, we mistakenly think that the Lord only uses those who are totally devoted to Him. That certainly wasn’t the case here! Augustus was one of the most corrupt Caesars of them all. He proclaimed himself to be god, yet he was the one God used to move the parents of our Lord to the proper place. Totally unknown to him, Caesar was used of God.

Secondly, it doesn’t appear that Joseph and Mary were aware of Micah’s prophecy. If they were, you would think they would have headed to Bethlehem on their own, in obedience to the Word of God. Instead, God used circumstances to get them to the exact spot Micah had prophesied the Messiah would be born. This tells us that we don’t have to bring God’s will to pass on our own; He’s able to divinely structure our circumstances to direct our paths in His ways. All we must do is seek Him, and He will direct our paths. (Prov. 3:6)

Have you been worrying about how the Lord is going to work things out? Be encouraged! God can use the most unlikely people and circumstances today to direct your path. Just trust in Him.