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My first sermon I preached in 2011 was entitled “God will glorify God in 2011”. Oh how I was looking forward to experience that during this year, but then all of a sudden the Tsunami came rolling in. My own sin brought about circumstances in my life that I would not wish upon my enemy, and very quick I found myself at a place I would rather not be. Was God glorifying God or were the wheels coming off?

However we were not alone in trials. Very soon we were surrounded by family and friends all facing their unique set of trials, from unemployment, family trials, financial distress,  sickness, the breakup of a 5 year relationship, and even the death of a loved one in a car accident. This is not what any of us had in mind for 2011, but yet “God will glorify God in 2011”, or won’t He?

This is not the first time in history that people were in a place they would rather not be, and yet, God was glorified.

Think about it, Joseph was burning in his heart, because God was so going to be glorified in his and Mary’s heart. What greater news could any man wish for than the news that his wife was going to give birth to the Messiah?

What love, what glory, the parents of the Saviour of the World? Who could wish for a better God glorifying year?

All of us know the story of Christ the Saviour born to this world as we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  We sing about it; “silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin, mother and child, Holy infant so tender and bright, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.”

It was a Holy night, a night set apart by God to change the course of history, but yet it was not a silent night, it was not at all calm, Joseph and Mary walked a great distance and arrived in an overcrowded Bethlehem. Mary was in advanced labour, but there was not even room for them in the Inn. All they got was a stable for the Messiah to be born in. This was humanly speaking not the place to be for God to be glorified.