Matt 1:19-25 - And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." … And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. NASU
She was pregnant and Joseph knew he had not known her sexually. Therefore, she must have had relations with someone else. When many would have acted distastefully Joseph decided to take the high road and separate from her quietly.
God uses an angel to tell Joseph it is okay to take Mary as his wife. The confusing dilemma she finds herself in, of being pregnant, is because she is highly favored with God.
You may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation and asking, "Why is this happening to me?" It may very well be happening because God has a special plan for you just like He did Joseph and Mary.
God is able to take a chaotic situation and turn it into a peaceful one if we will have faith and let Him work in our lives. Look at Mary's life and think about how confusing her life was for a while. Pregnant yet she had not been sexually immoral. Even her own fiancée didn't believe her.
One thing I have discovered in working with God is when He has something for you to do, many people will doubt your plan.
Now I am not saying that God has spoken to me audibly or even used an angel to convey His will to me in a dream, BUT I am saying that God wanted me to do certain things in my past that I can see clearly now.
God wanted me to minister to people in Maryland so He stopped my plans of going to Missouri. I wanted to attend Ozark Bible College but God said, "No. I want you to attend Eastern Christian College."
I have learned that sometimes when my plans are flustered God is behind the scenes working diligently for His glory.
What is God telling us to do today?
What is God telling you to do today?
Stay calm and wait patiently on the Lord and you will see Him reveal His will to you. I can tell you this His will for you will not be contrary to anything He has said in His Word.
It is the Christmas season and it is my prayer that you will be looking to do good to all people.
Think On These:
Christmas is a time when we want our past forgotten and our present remembered.
The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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