Afraid and Unsure of the Future
What do you do when someone breaks your heart? Lie in a heap, sobbing? Walk around in a daze, seeing and hearing nothing but your pain? Argue until you’re blue in the face? Are you afraid of the future now your dreams lie shattered around you? Follow the example of Joseph.
Heartbroken, Joseph, the carpenter from Nazareth, faced a dilemma. His precious betrothed, Mary, shattered his dreams with her news: she was pregnant. And the baby wasn’t his.
Mary’s story made no sense. Joseph must have gone over the details over and over. An angel visited her. The Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of the Most High overshadowed her. No matter how he tried, he couldn’t believe her outlandish tale.
Joseph wrestled with what to do. He knew he had to end the relationship, but his love for Mary prevented him from condemning her and ruining her life. Exhausted from all the thinking, Joseph slept.
Directions from the Angel: Do Not Be Afraid
But after he 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. 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.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
Quite a message. For the third time in only a few months, the angel startled people and then told each of them, “Do not be afraid.”
Do not be afraid of this unusual, unexpected plan God chose for you. The one that will change your life forever. No matter that the only information you receive is you’re involved in the good news about God’s promised Savior. Act on the information you’re given and trust God to do the rest.
Joseph woke from his dream with a new plan. God’s plan.
When he woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:24-25)
Do Not Be Afraid of God’s Unusual and Unexpected Plan for You
However God speaks to you, you probably won’t get all the details. Not because God doesn’t know them, but He wants surrender, obedience, and trust. God’s plans are always bigger than us. We need to do our part, whatever it is. Big, like being the earthly father of Immanuel. or small, like taking a plate of Christmas cookies to your neighbor.
Listen to God’s call for your life. Take that uncomfortable step of obedience. Watch God work for good in your life and the lives of others as you step forward doing what He calls you to do.
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