Monday, December 26, 2011

Great Faith in a Hidden Place


When I read the Christmas story this year I realized that the many times I had heard and read the story before, I never really gave much thought to Joseph. When hearing the first few chapters of Luke that comprise this story, you always tend to focus on how amazing Elizabeth’s pregnancy was, Zechariah’s unbelief, Mary being a virgin and giving birth to Jesus, etc etc etc. But, who really stops and takes a look at Joseph and the great faith that he possessed as well?!? Today, we will do just that!

Imagine being engaged to the love of your life and finding out one day that she’s prego! And you, my friend, are not the father! First thought that pops into your head “OH NO SHE DIDN’T!!!”, second thought “How will explain this to the family???”, third thought “Getting that ring back!!!”. Now, Joseph probably didn’t have those same exact thoughts per say but you can only imagine what he felt like. The Bible says that “Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” (Matthew 1:19). After he had thought about all of these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and explained the whole situation. Joseph went on to take Mary as his wife and did everything as the angel had instructed (Matthew 1:20-24). Now that ladies and gentlemen is what I would definitely classify as great faith! How many men that you know today would have been able to do what Joseph did? That’s what I thought.

In thinking about Joseph I just want people to realize that anybody can have great faith, as long as you have a few simple things. One, you need a situation, doesn’t matter how big, small, complicated, simple. Two, you need to be willing to hear from God. If Joseph had gotten angry and made a rash decision, he could have easily missed what the angel had to say. Three, you have to be willing to act on what you hear. Joseph acted on what he heard, and we all know how the story went!

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