“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
(Matthew 2:1, 2 NASB)

When the wise men first saw the star in their own country they may have assumed the great metropolis of Jerusalem would be the most probable place to find the infant King Jesus cared for in the royal grandeur of king Herod’s gold covered palace. Surprisingly they would find him in the small humble surroundings of Bethlehem. The little town of Bethlehem is located 5 miles South of Jerusalem at an elevation of 2,350 ft. above sea level. It occupies an outstanding position upon a crest running east from the watershed with deep valleys to the northeast and south. This geographical location is a position of natural strength and it was occupied by a garrison of the Philistines in the days of king David. Jesus was born humbly in a manger in this little town but this was a position of strength because God exalts the humble. Often in our lives we expect God to take us immediately to the palace living a high life of greatness but he always leads us the humble way first. We should not be disappointed because growing spiritually is more important then earthly success and we will see more miracles in the humble places as God has promised to lift us up in our weakness. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are all considered to be children of God and a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) but don’t expect golden lives of royalty or to be blessed with grandeur and luxury without first going through the humility of sacrifice. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6)