What the Lord seeks of us is a humble trust in His word. Everything about the birth of our Saviour – Almighty God, Himself, coming among us – speaks of humility. The King of kings came as a baby, not a mighty warrior. The parents chosen to raise this baby were simple town folk from a small northern village. The baby was born in a stable with a feed trough for a bed, not in the palace of a King. Those who first acknowledged Him were shepherds, the lowest on the scale of trades. All of our beautiful nativity scenes do not portray the crowded clutter and smell of manure into which our Saviour came. But this is our world into which our God has come, and the world He has chosen to share with us. He took up our real poverty and brokenness, so that we could share His glory. Jesus would later say to those around Him, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”(Matthew 11:28-29) That is the continuing invitation we have from our God who has done everything that we might have life and godliness.