7And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
It is astounding that the King of kings and Lord of lords was born in a barn because no one would give His parents a room in the inn. If we were God, we would have saved Herod the trouble of killing all the newborn baby boys in Bethlehem by retaliating and doing it ourselves. Jesus was the Creator, and His creation had no room for Him. That could really bother a selfish, self-centered God!
I believe the Father delighted in the setting in which Jesus was born. After all, a room in the greatest palace on earth would still have been a shambles compared to the splendors of heaven Jesus had left. Nothing could compare, so why try? Besides, love and humility motivated this awesome act of God becoming man (Phil. 2:8). Jesus said Himself that He was meek and lowly of heart (Matt. 11:29). We serve a humble God.
The Lord could have come in some spectacular way. He could have been born in the greatest palace. He could have mesmerized everyone into believing on Him, manifesting such awesome things that it took no faith to believe He was the Messiah, but that is not His way. He loves to see faith in people, just simple faith. That is why it is impossible to please Him without faith (Heb. 11:6).
Are you missing God’s subtle miracles all around you just because you are looking for something spectacular? If you had found Jesus lying in a manger of a barn, would you have had the faith to believe? The Lord delights in revealing Himself in subtle ways. Don’t miss Him today.