By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: June 7, 2017
From Series: Lemonade
Matthew 1:20-21, 24, “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’… When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”
Yesterday we talked about Joseph’s righteousness before God, and how before reacting to his bride-to-be’s shocking announcement, he still put her needs first to spare her from public humiliation. Today, let’s take it a step further. What did he do that is so often overlooked due to the magnitude of Jesus’ birth? He paused. Now, you might be thinking, “Huh? What’s so notable about that?” He could’ve ventured into the moan zone with a “Why me” attitude. He had every reason to feel betrayed and hurt. But as an amazing man of God, he did what he knew to do—he prayed and then patiently paused to wait for God’s response. And, sure enough, God answered.
God has given us freewill. We choose whether or not to follow His Word. After the angel of the Lord instructed Joseph what to do, he responded obediently—he didn’t have to, he chose to. Jesus said, “If you love Me, obey the commands I’ve given you”. What are you struggling with? Have you done what you know to do: Prayed, spent time in the Word, reflected, and paused to listen for God’s voice? Because, right now, Jesus is saying, “Give Me your best, and I’ll do the rest!”
The Bible says, “Do not be afraid” 365 times. That’s one for each day of the year! Share any anxiety, fear, or doubt with the Lord, and He will guide your next step in His own timing—not yours.
Lift up Psalm 119:57-60 today to God in prayer.
“Lord, you are mine! I promise to obey your words! With all my heart, I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised. I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws. I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands.”
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