The Miracle of the Method

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Have you ever been sitting in front of the TV, yelling at the football coach about what play he SHOULD have called? If you want to be humbled, remember what that guy is being paid to do the play-calling, and the fact that they’ve never even contacted you to offer the job. It’s amazing how we sometimes feel qualified to tell someone how to do “their” job.

We do that with God sometimes. We don’t just pray for an answer to our trial or need; we include the method we’d like Him to use to solve the problem. The truth is that we don’t always understand God’s way of doing things. We forget that it’s not just US in the equation, it’s all the others around us. While we are centered on ourselves, God has many children.

At Christmas time, we realize that God needed to find a way to show His love to the whole world and His desire to bring them into fellowship with Himself. No matter what method He chose to do this, we can figure that many, many people would have a “better idea” of how He should accomplish His plan.

God wasn’t concerned with “pleasing” all of us. He is still concerned with “saving” all of us. Although we may all be “legends in our own mind”, He is truly Lord, King, God, and Creator of all. He is omniscient (all knowing) and omnipotent (all powerful). He desired to use a method that would communicate His passion for His people, so He sent His Son, not to a king or a Pharisee, but to a carpenter and His wife. No palace was used; just a stable and a manger. No parades and fanfare; just an angel and an angel host appearing to simple shepherds.

This Sunday we will look at the Miracle of God’s Method in bringing salvation to His people through His Son, Jesus.