Murphy’s Law

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong!

Luke 2:1-7

Reference: While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭6‬ NIV)

Explore: I sometimes have to laugh when life brings along Murphy’s Law situations. Murphy’s Law is around the understanding that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong!

Here are a few to give you an idea:
Murphy’s Computer Laws – If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
Teaching Laws – You never catch on until after the test.
Nurses’ Laws – Doctors only ask your name when the patient isn’t doing well.
Toddler Laws – When you forget the stroller they will want to ride.

It’s all quite negative, but if you don’t take it too seriously, you can see how this is often true in our lives!

Application: Mary could have applied Murphy’s Law to her trip to Bethlehem. The whole time she was away with Elizabeth and at home she was fine, but as soon as she was away from her family with no place to sleep, that’s when the baby decides to come!

I guess this is an amazing example of how, even when it seems that Murphy’s Law is at play, it is actually God making something spectacular happen.

Jesus’ birth is so pivotal to our faith. It emphasised His lowly beginning and represented the open door for any sort of person to approach Him.

While I sympathise with Mary, I can see God’s hand at work by bringing His Son into the world in a way that seemed so wrong and yet ended up so right.

Prayer: Lord, may I not attribute my life to any other Law except my desire to follow You. May I trust that You have my life in Your hands. Amen.

What situation do you need turning around right now?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.