But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” -Matthew 1:20
Joseph was confronted with a situation that appeared to have only one logical answer. Because of the circumstances, he “had in mind to divorce [Mary] quietly.” Times were hard enough—Joseph wanted to make a choice that would not bring “public disgrace” on Mary and yet still himself remain a “righteous man.” “But after he had considered this, an angel appeared…” (v.20) Logic was superseded by God’s different and perfect plan. The angel reminded Joseph to trust the Father. “When Joseph woke up….” (v.24) The carpenter obeyed. His heart accepted the divine announcement and Joseph trusted the Father. Logic was cast aside for a plan that couldn’t be comprehended at the moment.
What burdens are you confronting? Is there a situation making you feel God is absent in your life? Impossible odds stacked against you? You’re not alone. Elijah was pitted against 450 prophets. David faced Goliath. Job was the “greatest man among all the people of the East” (Job 1:3) and stripped of everything. Joshua had Jericho. Jesus, the tomb. In each of these trials, God worked amazing wonders, beating the impossible odds. Elijah, by faith, was victorious. David slew Goliath. With Job, Scripture tells us “the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10) the trials. In Jericho the walls came down. And best of all, Jesus rose!
Friend, our Father is with you. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) You are His awesome creation. His plan, alone, ends in victory. Trust Him today!