Today’s devotional is all about a man named Joseph – Jesus’ earthly father.
One morning I woke up with a Christmas song playing in my head that goes like this, “Why me? I’m just a simple man of trade. Why Him with all the rulers in the world? Why here inside this stable filled with hay? Why her, she’s just an ordinary girl? Now I’m not one to second guess
what angels have to say, but this is such a strange way to save the world.”
It reminded me that a long time ago, a man named Joseph played an essential role in the birth of Christ. Joseph was a man of faith. Matthew says, “He was a righteous man.”
Let’s dive into Scripture for a closer look.
Look at what the Bible says about Joseph in Matthew, Chapter 1:20-24.
“But after he 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”…..When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”
Let’s look at another verse in Matthew, Chapter 2:13-15.
” when they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.”
Matthew, Chapter 2:19-21, “After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.”
Do you see the pattern here?
Each time an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, he obeyed even if that meant gathering their belongings and moving to a foreign land. Joseph went, and he took the mother, Mary, and the child, Jesus, with him. He was faithful and believed God. Joseph didn’t know where he would end up or how long he would stay there, but he trusted the Lord. Mary and the baby Jesus were recipients of Joseph’s obedience.
Oh, how I wish I would obey diligently like Joseph no matter the circumstance.
Father, today I am grateful for Joseph and his commitment to Mary and your son, Jesus. Today I am thankful for his faithfulness to you. May Joseph’s life be an example to me and others. May we believe you and your word and respond accordingly in a world crumbling around us. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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