Monday, 14 January 2013

Grace Notes - Matthew 1 v 24

Matthew 1:24,
 "Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife."

Trust is a concept that most of us know and say we possess but in reality it is often the last action we take.

When problems rise up and try to distract us the last thing we do is trust in the promises of God.

I often try my hardest to do everything I can to make the situation work to my advantage and if that does not seem to be working, I worry.

In the Christmas story Mary had a unique problem she was told by God that she would be made pregnant by the Holy Spirit when she was not married. How would she tell her betrothed?

She could have tried to convince him, she could have bombarded him with her version of events, but she put her faith and trust in God.

Trust in the work of God through Christ should be the solid rock on which we build our lives, he provides everything by his grace and he is working everything out for us.

Andrew Wommack explains:-

Much attention is given to Mary and her piety, but Joseph was quite a man of faith, too.

Verse 18 says that Mary was "found" with child, implying that the pregnancy was observed by Joseph, not explained to him by Mary. And this was after Mary had been away visiting Elisabeth for three months! Certainly Joseph was tempted with the same thoughts that you or I would have been. How could she expect him to believe that this was a virgin birth?

As special as Mary was, she had an equally special young man for a fiancé.

How many men would have believed such an incredible story even if an angel had told them in a dream? It took more faith on Joseph's part than it did on Mary's.

This is the way it always is. Those who hear of the vision or call of God second hand have to exhibit an even greater faith than the person who received the word from the Lord directly.

The scriptures don't mention whether or not Mary ever attempted to convince Joseph of the truth. What would have been the use? Only God could make someone believe a story like this. It is to Mary's credit that she trusted God and to Joseph's credit that he believed God. 

Today, do as the Lord bids you and trust God to take care of the rest.

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