The Inn Was Not The End

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“And 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 2:7


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Lyrics by Isaac Watts


No room in the inn!

What do you mean?

Everything, up to this point, has happened as planned.

The Proclamation went forth.

The Decree was given.

The young couple made the journey.

Now, they’re here, in Bethlehem, and they’re told there’s no room in the inn.

Did the innkeeper not know whose child Mary was carrying?

Did the guests staying at the inn not know who was in their presence?

Surely, someone could have given up their reservation to make room for the Christ Child.

But no one did.

Perhaps there being no room was a part of the plan.

When we look deeper into Jesus being born in a manger, we can see it was a sign of His humility and humanity. We realize that the Son of the Highest King surrendered His deity to become like men minus the nature of sin. (Philippians 2:7)

I wonder?

Did the modern-day Caste System of that time think that the challenging circumstances around the child’s birth would cancel His assignment?

No way.

Mary and Joseph’s current situation was a part of a divine plan.

The flashing No Vacancy sign opened the doorway to hope — hope that would point the way to everlasting life — hope that would bring joy, love, and peace — hope that will work all things to the good for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Often, when there’s no room to add-on to what’s already there, that’s a sign that it is time to move beyond your constraining walls and expand into the new.

So, I ask you today, is your current situation the end, or is it your beginning —  the beginning of something new and fresh in God; for, He’s doing a new thing.

See yourself in a larger territory.

See yourself in the new place at the appointed time.

See yourself sitting at the table of opportunity.

See yourself continuing to fulfill the plans and purpose of God.

You were created for such a time as this.



Join me next week for more Coffee on The Couch.