Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” This verse is the bridge between the early life of Jesus and His appearance on the scene for His three years of ministry around age 30. We have no record in the Bible of what happened in Jesus’ life between the ages of 12 and 30 other than this verse. Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.
Through these eighteen years of obscurity God was preparing Jesus to fulfill His purpose and plan to save the world. Jesus had to be prepared for His calling and the way God prepared Him is to leave Him in Nazareth as a carpenter’s son, as a brother, as a friend. What we know of Jesus is from just a fraction of His life. Most of what Jesus did and said and lived we have no record of and this is good news for us.
We are normal, obscure people and in our obscurity God is growing us in wisdom, stature, and favor. We don’t have to be up front or famous to know the favor of God. We grow in the favor of God when we pull back, when we allow Him to grow us, mature us, teach us, and prepare us. God works in us where we are. For eighteen years we have no record of Jesus and His life and for many of us we will live eighty years and no one will keep a record of our lives. God will use those years to grow us in His wisdom and show us His favor.
Be content where God has placed you. In your obscurity God is working. He is preparing you for your calling and your purpose and that purpose may never be public ministry or where you will be noticed. It may be faithfulness as a teacher, as a plumber, as a construction worker, as an insurance agent. The world may never know your name, but God does. He loves you right where you are and even when we are in the backwoods of Nazareth God is increasing us in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.