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 coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2, ESV)
Bethlehem wasn’t a big, flashy town. It wasn’t especially important or strategic to military campaigns. But it is a place never forgotten in all the hubbub of human history. Why? Because it is the birthplace of the most controversial figure of all time.
Even though it was a small, insignificant place, the Old Testament prophet Micah predicted that a great ruler would come from this place. Because the prophesy was from God, it came true. Micah was right. Greatness sprung forth from obscurity. The mother was a young teenager. The father made furniture for a living. Nobody knew who they were. No wealth, no pedigree, no credentials. They were recipients of God’s favor.
God receives considerable glory when he does much with so little. In sending the Son of God to earth, He brought forth greatness from that which seemed so insignificant. Does your life feel a little like Bethlehem? Not flashy, not important? The get ready for God to show up. He kind of likes small towns.