Matthew 1:19, “Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly”.
Yesterday we talked about how confused and overwhelmed Mary’s parents must have been when she made her big announcement. Likewise, Joseph was devastated. He knew Mary was pregnant, and it didn’t take a DNA test or an appearance on Maury Povich to find out that he was “indeed not the father”. Put yourself in his shoes for a moment—the godly woman you thought you knew was suddenly pregnant. As Christ followers, we believe all things are possible through Christ. But—and it’s a big but—we know what a bitter pill that must have been to swallow.
Today’s scripture says that Joseph was a righteous man—now hold that thought. In biblical times, breaking an engagement involved far more than simply returning a ring. It was a binding agreement, which required a divorce prior to wedding day. Therefore, as a man considered righteous before God, he didn’t want Mary to become a societal outcast. So before reacting, he reflected on the situation. Describing someone as righteous is an incredible statement! It means they wait patiently for the Lord to guide their next step, and place the needs of others first. Today, if someone were to summarize your character in a single word, would they call you righteous? Marinate on that thought as you move throughout your day!
Father God, I love You with all of my heart! Help me to be a person of great character. I seek to glorify Your name with my actions, words, and deeds. Thank You, Lord, for loving me as a work in progress. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Despite the hardships she was soon to endure, Mary still praised the Lord. Read her song of faithfulness in Luke 1:46-55. Journal words or phrases that stand out as a positive reference for the next time life hands you lemons.