On some of the Christmas cards you will receive this year, no doubt there will be a man standing in the background looking over the shoulder of Mary, who is prominently displayed caring for the baby Jesus. His name is Joseph. And after the nativity narratives, he isnít heard from much again. If we didnít know better, we would think Joseph was an insignificant bystander or, at best, a mere necessity to undergird Jesusí claim to the throne of David.
But, in fact, the role that Joseph played was strategically important. If he had disobeyed the angelís command to take Mary as his wife (Matt. 1:20), he would have, from a human perspective, put the entire mission of Jesus at risk. Taking Mary as his wife was a risky assignment. Public perception that he was the babyís father put him in serious violation of Jewish law and made him a public disgrace. Yet today all of us are thankful that he was willing to risk his reputation to participate in and facilitate Godís unfolding drama.
Most of us are insignificant compared to the major players in this world. But all of us are called to obey. Who knows what God has in store when we are willing to surrender to Godís willóeven when it puts us at risk!
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey. óSammis
Itís no small thing to trust and obey.
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want!!!
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