“Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20) NLT. We know the story. Joseph discovered Mary was with child, not of his doing. All his hopes and dreams at that moment were suddenly gone.
If he was to recover, he was going to need some help. And help he received! The Angel of the Lord, implants direction into Joseph’s dream: “When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife” (Matthew 1:24).
Here’s where we depart from the Biblical account and apply to ourselves. Scripture is not just historical reference points. The Word tells us that: “…these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come…” and “… whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (1 Corinthians 10:11; Romans 15:4). What happened to those people, happened for us as examples for learning, admonitions, comfort, and hope.
The operative phrase in that text for me is when he woke from sleep: “He did as the angel of the Lord commanded.” The take away for me is “do”…take action! What things have appeared to me and to you in the form of counsel…visions, ideas and dreams that seemed very much like the Lord, remain unacted upon?
Joseph did what the angel gave him in a dream to do. May it be said of us: “We did as we were prompted.”
Happy New Year!