It’s Christmas and Jesus’ birth is familiar to most of us. We’ve seen the nativity scenes and adorned our homes with statues of Mary and baby Jesus in the manger. It’s a miraculous gift to us all-a man come to die so we don’t have to.
But this year, I’m most interested in Joseph’s perspective. The carpenter who didn’t sign up for a pregnant wife. He didn’t have to accept Jesus as his son. He didn’t have to stay with Mary-but he chose to do so.
How often do we choose bitterness and miss the blessing?
Joseph could have easily chosen to walk away angry-but he chose to trust God’s plan. He chose to reject his earthly feelings for a kingdom focus. Wow.
This year, I want a faith as strong as Joseph’s. He had a choice: to believe in this radical miracle or choose to abide by his own plans. And he chose to believe the angel who appeared to him, and take Mary as his wife. He knew that it would bring dishonor upon his name. He knew that it would look shameful to take a pregnant woman as his wife. But he did it anyway. He defied the culture in favor of the Lord’s command.
What strength. What boldness.
I want to trust the Lord that willingly. If only we all had the strength to say “Yes” when God asks us to do a hard thing!
This Christmas, I hope you remember Joseph’s ability to trust the Lord and abide in His plan. In the midst of opening presents, matching pajamas, and sugar cookies, may you remember the greatest gift of all clothed Himself in humility, and freely showered you with grace. How great is our God!
Merry Christmas to you and yours