Trust God with your nasty “manger”
Luke 2:7: 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.
When talking about Jesus’ birth, people often speak of His humility. After all, the God of the universe was born to a carpenter and laid in a manger – a sort of feeding trough for animals. Something about that just doesn’t sound right or fitting.
In Bible times, it wasn’t uncommon for homes to have an extra room inside the house where the animals could sleep in the night. This would protect them from predators, thieves, and the weather. That room, we assume, is the room that Mary and Joseph were given because the inn’s other rooms were taken: the “stanky” room!
In his Sunday message, Miles said that it was a statement that God came to deal with the “mangers” in our lives – the junk that we don’t want anybody else to know about us.
“Your pride, your ego, your lust, your critical spirit, your gossip, your addiction, the stuff you look at on your phone… your lies, your crime – the part of your life that you don’t tell anybody and you think nobody knows.”
These are just a few of the nasty things we harbor and carry around. That’s the stuff that Jesus came to deal with! Just like He came to be born into the “stanky” room, He also wants to be let into the nasty corners of your heart – because only He can clean it out!
“Where else are you going to go? There’s one person you can trust with you junk, it’s Jesus!”>