Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Believing The Impossible

Men of the Bible Series - Joseph: Obeying God when it doesn't make sense.

Matthew 1:18-21  The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:24-25  When Joseph got up from sleeping, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.

You would think that a historical figure like Jesus would have a much more detailed record of his childhood, you would also think that the history and the details about his parents would be fully documented but instead we know very little about one of them.

The only description that we have of Joseph is that he was a righteous man, I guess that this one word probably sums up everything about Joseph and his personality. He must have displayed the "fruit of the spirit" from Galatians 5:22-23.

Joseph believed the impossible and chose to do the inconvenient, life would have been easier without the accusations that his wife was an adulteress, it would be easier to travel the 70 to 80 miles to Bethlehem for the census and he could of lived just fine without moving a trip to Egypt to waiting for an evil dictator to die.

Believing the impossible and living in complete obedience to God was a way of life for Joseph. Unlike Jesus mom, Joseph didn't ever see Jesus' ministry, without any miracles to prove the point, he never received any proof that Jesus was really the Messiah.

God likes to interrupt our lives and test our ability to trust him even when he doesn't make a lot of sense to us. 

Lord, I need to have faith like Joseph had, help me to grow stronger in my faith in you.

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