Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 2, 2016

Joseph

Matthew 1:19 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. (NIV)

Imagine being Joseph.  He knew he hadn’t had relations with Mary.  How could he believe she was telling the truth and was really a pregnant virgin.  This seemed like a physical impossibility.  Yet, he love Mary and didn’t wish her harm though he didn’t want to be with her anymore.  It took a very real dream to change Joseph into a believer.  But this also required a lot of courage and faith.  People would talk and pass judgement on both of them.  Yet he was obedient to the word given him in his dream.  He did take Mary to be his wife and became the step-father of Jesus, helping Him to grow.  Sometimes God might ask us to accept something we have a hard time believing or maybe ask us to do something that will bring criticism from others.  Will we have the courage of Joseph to walk in obedience to anything God asks of us, even if it means others will criticize us for it?

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