“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me, one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from old, from ancient of days. There fore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.” {Micah 5:2-5a}

Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas, symbolize this period of hopeful expectation. It is also a very difficult time of year for many because it serves as a reminder of painful unmet expectations throughout life. Yet when we look at the holiness of our Savior’s birth, we can see if our expectations continue to be held captive by our circumstances or our own understanding.

Anything less than an eternal focus will cause us to miss out on all we can expect in Jesus.

The promise breathed through the words of Micah is indeed, God uses the smallest things to bring about the greatness of His glory.

The promise lies in the waiting because our timing is not His timing and He is the one who appropriates the times and season for His hope to be fulfilled through His people. We who live in the already and the not yet… the people of the resurrection, are also those who await the return of our King.

Where we stand is the place where Jesus stands, shepherding his flock in the strength of the LORD. He beckons the ones who are thirsty and desire to take the waters of life (Revelation 22:17); He leads us besides still waters and restores our souls. Yes, dear friends, we stand with Him in the majesty of the name of the Lord and we dwell secure despite our unmet expectations because His greatness covers the ends of the earth.

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