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Joseph & Mary

24 joseph maryI’m thankful for the obedience of Mary and Joseph when the angel Gabriel told them about the baby they would have. I wish I were as obedient to God as they were. I know I can be, but it’s so hard. It can be very difficult not to worry and let fear of what might happen take over and rule my mind. I’m thankful for the inspiring story of Joseph and Mary’s faith.

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. ~ Luke 1:26-38

Back in Mary’s day, a woman becoming pregnant before marriage was a sin, punishable by death. I would have been freaking out if I were Mary. Did Mary freak out? No, she simply asked a question so she could better understand what the angel Gabriel was talking about. I can’t fathom trying to comprehend having the Holy Spirit ‘come upon me’ causing me to become pregnant. Not even today. I think that explanation would bring hundreds of questions into my mind, leading me to say ‘thanks, but no thanks’. Mary did nothing even close to this. She answered calmly (I say calmly because there’s no exclamation point at the end of her answer) “My it be as you have said”.

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 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. But after he had 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.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. ~ Matthew 1:18-25

Then there’s Joseph and how he reacted to the news. Joseph was worried about how Mary would be treated, so he was going to quietly divorce her. I love that he was concerned for her, so sweet. Since he was to stay with Mary, not divorce her, an angel spoke to Joseph in a dream. The angel explained the baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was fulfilling what God spoke of through the prophet Isaiah. Can you imagine waking up from a dream about the actual crazy circumstances going on in your life and thinking ‘oh, okay, time to take Mary home as my wife’ without a second thought?

I think the humble obedience of Joseph and Mary should be an example to all of us, how we should respond when God speaks to us. Joseph and Mary were protected and taken care of for their obedience. How has God blessed you for your obedience?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for Joseph and Mary, who are examples of true obedience to You. Lord I pray we would seek clarity to know you better, not question due to disbelief, Amen.

 

Arguing With God

obey GodA few months ago I was sharing with a group of ladies a conversation I had with God. It was how God continued to put something on my heart that made me uncomfortable, so I continually told God I wasn’t the one for the job and tried to ignore the feeling down deep inside. I explained how God continued to put this situation on my heart and placed certain people and circumstances in front of me. God just wouldn’t leave it alone. He was determined I take care of something, even though I had absolutely no desire to be involved. Then I told them how amazing God was when I finally gave in to His Will. He calmed my heart, gave me the words to speak and created the situation for me to do it. When I finished telling my story, one of the ladies in the group commented that I always argue with God. At the time I laughed and agreed.

Over the next few months, what was said, “You always argue with God” ran over and over in my head. I could clearly see that I did indeed argue with God whenever He put something in front of me. At first I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that. I felt it was just how I processed things. Then, one day, when one of my kids wouldn’t stop arguing with me about something I wanted them to do and they didn’t, I realized how frustrating it must be for God every time I argued with Him.

I began praying, asking God to forgive me for being so disobedient. I recalled the story of Mary and how she reacted when an angel told her she would carry the Son of God. She asked a question, how it was possible, and then accepted the answer and His plan for her.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

            And Mary said to the angel, “how will this be, since I am a virgin?”

            And the angel answered her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. ~ Luke 1:26-38

I wish I could be more like Mary, and simply accept what God brings before me. Why do I always feel the need to argue? There must be a better way to process Gods plan than arguing and ignoring Him, as if I knew what was better.

Honestly, I drive myself, and I’m sure all those around me, crazy! I pray for God to be the center of my life. I pray for God to reveal His will for me in mighty and bold ways, holding nothing back. I pray for God to stretch me and grow me as He sees fit. If you recall, this time last year, I told God to ‘bring it!’ Then when He brought it, what did I do? I argued with Him about it. Then my prayers were ‘are You sure?’ or ‘if You are sure, then please show me, again’. How pathetic! Thankfully God treats us with unending love and grace and has immeasurable patience with us. I now wake up each morning and pray that I remember God knows where I’m going, what I will come up against and how to get me through it.

A few months ago, during a BSF lecture, the teaching leader said ‘Good or bad, everything is filtered through the hands of God’. Hearing it brought a calmness about me. It’s comforting. It’s also important to remember that God does know about everything going on in the world. Nothing is to evil/good, small/large or irrelevant for God to know about. We must trust He does know, even if we don’t understand, and believe He will guide us through it. God only wants to help, not hurt.

When you trust and follow God obediently, without arguing, amazing things happen. I hope to have more stories about amazing things God does and less stupid things I do.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for patiently loving us. Please forgive us for not trusting your provisions by hesitating to act when You call us into action. I pray to step out in faith without hesitation, Amen

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” ~ Luke 1:45

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