In sharing the Christmas message at church, our pastor focused on Joseph, the husband of Mary and his obedience to the Lord.
I don’t recall hearing many sermons about Joseph during the Christmas season. It is usually about Christ and His sacrifice, and mostly about Mary and her response to the Angel – Behold, the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word. Luke 1:38
In hearing about Joseph, our pastor pointed out key truths. He was a son of Abraham, a just man, wanting to please God, obedient and operated in faith.
Imagine for a moment. Joseph is engaged to Mary, and the scripture says before they came together or were married, Mary was found to be pregnant. Joseph did not want to disgrace her, and he made plans to break off the engagement silently.
How do you think Joseph felt at hearing this news? His betrothed was pregnant, and not by him.
As Joseph was thinking about how to end his relationship, it was during this time an Angel came to him in a dream and informed him Mary was pregnant of the Holy Spirit.
Would you believe a story like that? Joseph did, and his obedience to the Lord is recorded. Not only here, but also when he was warned of yet in another dream to escape Egypt to save Jesus´ life.
I have been meditating on this sermon all week, and I ask myself, where have I been disobedient to the Lord in my daily life? It´s so easy to read this story many times over, but never stop to think about Joseph´s obedience in all of this, and how vital it was.
This type of obedience took courage and faith.
If we read of all the accounts in the Bible where the Lord calls someone to operate in obedience, many times it goes against logic.
- Moses parting the red sea
- Moses striking a rock and have water gushing out of it
- Noah building an Ark
- Gideon choosing only 300 men to defeat the Midianites
- Sauls conversion on the road to Damascus
Of course, there are many more examples of obedience in the Bible. If we strive to be obedient in the smallest of things in life, imagine how the Lord will trust us with the bigger things that come our way.
The bigger things may result in blessings, greater gifting and anointing upon our lives and satisfaction that you are in God´s will.
Operating in obedience to the Lord demonstrates our love for Him.
John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
My prayer for 2018, When I hear the voice of the Lord leading me in a direction that may seem unlogical, may I be obedient.