Do Not Be Afraid of God’s Unusual Plan for Your Life

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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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Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

20 thoughts on “Do Not Be Afraid of God’s Unusual Plan for Your Life”

  1. The Christmas story is so familiar to us that we jump to the end and don’t really thing about the myriad of emotions that the people in the story experienced b/c they didn’t know how it was going to turn out. Thanks for helping us get a little more insight into Joseph! Merry, merry!

    1. Karen, all those emotions silenced by the trust they had in God. Even after the angel gave his announcement, the rest of the story remained unknown. And yet, each person responded with faith and trust.

  2. God’s had me on a journey of obedience and trusting the last couple of years, and boy has it been hard. I’m finally unclenching my fist full of my best laid plans and surrendering to Him. Proverbs 3:5-6.

    1. Thank you, Betsy. Over and over God told His servants “Do not fear!” What amazes me is their responses. I always ask questions and lament.

  3. Ah, that trusting. How difficult it is! But when we truly surrender, in hindsight we see His plan is always best. Praying for you today, Debbie. Thanks for your encouraging post, friend.

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Kelly! In hindsight, we do often see His plan is best. Even the most painful and hard things teach us He is a loving God.

  4. It’s true that sometimes we know God wants us to do something, but we don’t have all the details. He wants us to trust and to follow knowing that His way is always best. May He enable us to be like Mary and simply trust and obey, no matter the cost.

    Blessings to you, Debbie!

    1. Thank you, Cathy. I’m glad you stopped by today, too. Praying God blesses you as you respond in faith and obedience to whatever He calls you to do.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Amy. Trusting God when He leads in a way I don’t understand usually causes me to spend time in lamentation before I surrender. Joseph’s response amazes me everytime I read it.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.