Today’s Advent reading from Good News of Great Joy discusses the way God’s providence and sovereignty guide ALL actions throughout history to bring about His Plan and that the little people of God should not feel insignificant in a big world. All is guided by God.
Specifically with the birth of Jesus, God used a Roman census to ensure Joseph and Mary would be in Bethlehem to fulfill the prophecy in Micah 5:2
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.
Piper goes on to explain we should not feel insignificant in a big world:
For it is implicit in Scripture that all the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, are being guided by God, not for their own sake but for the sake of God’s little people—the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to be got from Nazareth to Bethlehem. God wields an empire to bless his children.
Looking at all the technological advances in the last 100 years or 200 years or even 30 years, we should give the praise to God for His guiding. Praise that He grants wisdom to those who advance civilization. We are truly blessed to live in a world where God blessed the invention of the automobile, air conditioning, etc. all for OUR benefit. That He should take such good care of us with us being so undeserving should make us worship in abject appreciation of His goodness! All the progress throughout human history is a blessing from the Lord.
Technology is not a curse.
Technological advancement is not evil.
Yes, it can be used for evil purposes but the advancement is not evil. It should be seen as a blessing given by God for our benefit and we should use it as such.
God’s goodness and God’s sovereignty ensured that every prophecy of Jesus came true from Genesis to Micah.
Let us remember that as we remember Jesus’ coming as the ultimate blessing that everything else we have is a blessing from God as well! Too often we lose sight of that fact and focus on specific blessings. Every breath and every thought is God’s blessing!