“You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.”
Have you ever thought to yourself: what an injustice it was that the Lord of heaven was born in such a lowly, forsaken way?
He may not have been born of justice…but his birth was exactly right. In that manger, in that forgotten town, God’s righteousness and steadfast love looked down from the sky. In that moment, God chose to turn the power of the world upside down. And faithfulness sprung up from the ground.
The faithfulness of Joseph for his beloved young Mary as she labored. It could not have been easy giving birth whilst on the run. And to a child who technically was not his.
But in that difficult time, God shower favor to them. He was with them and righteousness and peace that covered Mary and Jospeh merged with each other to bring about our salvation.
Let it be our prayer that when we find ourselves in difficult times and places, God’s favor will be upon us and He will show us that He is near. Amen.