Advent 2018

Day 15. Joseph’s dilemma

Advent 2018 - Day 15. Joseph’s dilemma
Saturday 15th December 2018

Matthew 1:18-21

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 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. 21 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.”

It is not clear at what point Mary told Joseph the news of her pregnancy, but when she did it came as a bombshell. What should he do, knowing the child was not his? Could her story be true? He was however a righteous man, and he sought God for direction rather than acting impulsively. God spoke to him through a dream, confirming that the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and this gave him the courage to stand by her, and take her as his wife. It was a brave decision, but he now knew that the child would be the One to save people form their sins. It is easy when we have hard decisions to make to be impetuous or hasty, but the best decisions are made slowly and with prayer. When you are making important choice ask God to guide you clearly, and to give you the courage to do what is right.

Thank you Father, for Joseph’s example of faith that’s down to earth, practical, honest, thoughtfully considered and is open to a spectacular work of God. I want to show that same balance as I live today. Like Joseph, I want also to carry the beautiful secret he knew, Lord Jesus; You save people from their sins.


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