[CF Devotionals] 2012-11-30 - Whaddyado?

What would you do if you were a teenage girl and you get pregnant? What do you do if you’re a guy and your girlfriend gets pregnant and you ain’t the baby-daddy?

Those questions kicked off the first Christmas season… and that’s where we’ll look today. Specifically we will kick off this Christmas season by looking at the guy who asked himself this same question – Joseph.

Matthew 1:18-25 (NASB)
  1. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
  2. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.
  3. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
  4. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
  5. Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
  6. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
  7. And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Matthew 2:13-15 (NASB)

  1. Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”
  2. So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt.
  3. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

As we look at these passages I think we can see a few things that we can apply when the whaddayado questions in our lives come up.

If Joseph were like so many modern males, he would have dumped Mary then talked bad about her with his friends. But Joseph didn't. Getting a quick divorce and getting a wife without complications would have been easy too but he didn't do that. He was going to do it quietly because he loved her and wanted to do what he felt was right. From this we learn that what is easy may not be what is right. We should not do the easy thing but strive to always do what is right.

Even with a "right" decision in his mind, he thought about it and prayed about it. We need to think and pray about matters that matter. Don’t be rash think about things. Pray about them. Ponder them. And as he did he realized that there is a difference between a good choice and the best choice. An angel came to him and told him to stay with Mary and he did.

Follow God always. This is the last piece of advice and the most crucial. Above all else follow God. God will take care of you. When trouble came God led them out of it. He provided the answer and the directions. Joseph listened and obeyed. We too must always follow God.

IHFHBOH
Adam

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