Dec 21, 2014
Joseph, the one who was pledged to be Mary’s husband, didn’t know what to do when she told him the news of the surprising message brought to her by an angel, and that it was happening, just as the angel had told her. He agonized over it. He was a good man, doing his best to follow God’s law in every detail – but this detail was a bit outside the box. This kind of thing just didn’t happen.
‘But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” ’ Matthew 1:20-21
“After he had considered this…” I often wish I had a better road map – that the Lord would show me exactly what turns I need to make, and in plenty of time. I’m not a fan of agony and stress. But yet, the path that the Father chose for Joseph included this time of having no idea what to do. Only after he had agonized over the impossible situation and come to a decision, did the Lord’s clear direction come to him.
An interesting thing to think on, as I contemplate my own path. Just as He did for Joseph, maybe the Father intentionally, for His own good purposes, sometimes includes times of testing and difficult decision making in our paths. But Joseph’s process of decision making – what did that look like? Very likely a time of agonizing on his knees, begging for the Father’s guidance – and this is a kind of request the Father gladly answers. So in His perfect time, the Lord did reveal to Joseph exactly what he needed to know, and Joseph responded in obedience. May I do a good job of following this example.