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He Didn't Know

He Didn't Know

14 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 15-16; 1 Chronicles 5; Matthew 1

Scripture:

18 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) 19 Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. (Matthew 1:18-19 MSG)

Joseph was a good man in a very difficult situation. God was at work on a redemption plan that involved the most intimate and precious thing in Joseph’s life, but Joseph didn’t know that. When Mary got pregnant, Joseph was hurt and confused, but his gentle, noble character overcame his anger and disappointment and he began looking for a way to keep Mary from disgrace and the child from shame. What a test of character and integrity! Thank God that Joseph passed the test!

I can think of three reasons God chose Joseph to be the step-father of God’s own Son: 1) Joseph was a good man who would put the well-being of Mary and her child before his own feelings and reputation. 2) Joseph would be sensitive to God’s voice even when under the most severe pressure and testing. 3) Joseph would act in obedient faith once he knew God’s will.

How do I do when I’m caught up in something that doesn’t look good for me, might actually God’s plan and purpose, but I don’t know it? Am I sensitive to God’s voice even when he’s telling me something I’d rather not hear?

Joseph was hurt and disappointed – “Chagrined but noble” – and he was trying to find a way through this mess so that Mary would not be disgraced.

Please join me and take a moment to consider these three questions: When I am “chagrined” do I think about others or just about myself? Do I think and act with nobility or nastiness? Am I an instrument of grace or disgrace?

Prayer:

Father, You really knew what you were doing when you chose Joseph to be the adoptive father of your son Jesus. Even though he didn’t know what was going on at first he acted nobly. Please help me to act nobly and be an instrument of grace and peace to others, even when I don’t know what’s going on. Amen.

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