During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season. We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.
No Room, No Peace
“. . . there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
Maybe you have a memory of watching a Christmas play in which Mary and Joseph frantically knock on doors searching for a place for Jesus to be born and are met with cold rejection.
This verse is one of the most poignant lines in the story. There’s more here than just a sentimental detail in a beautiful story of the past. What happened in Bethlehem is a description of what happens in our lives. It gives us an accurate description of the crowded, confused, chaotic condition of our own lives.
There’s no room in our private world for Jesus. In the midst of the chatter and celebration, there’s no room for the words of Jesus. In all our struggles for power and prosperity, there’s no room for the subversive Kingdom of the Savior. With our addiction to drama, there’s no room for the peace-making Prince. In our drive to get more and consume more, there’s no room for His compassion.
There is no room for Mary’s glad surrender to the day when the hungry will be fed and the rich go away empty. No room in our sin-filled world for the angel’s promise of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. In our dislocated, disjointed world, there is no room, so, there is no peace.
But God will not be stopped. He will not be detoured by the no vacancy signs we place around our lives. He frantically searches and knocks on the doors of the heart of people. He is determined to be God with us. Throughout history, through prophets, priests, and kings, He has sought to draw us into a relationship where peace can be born.
The God we meet at the manger, is the God who never stops knocking on our closed doors. We all hang no vacancy signs around the dark places in our souls, around the emptiness in our heart. There are places in our lives we don’t want Jesus to go; but He is relentless in us knowing His love for us.
Will you let Jesus fill your dark places with His life?