Thursday, December 1 – Matthew 2:13-15

Nov 30, 2022

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 stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him.” So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod; this happened so that what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

 

As children grow up, they learn many things about the world and how it works. One of the first lessons they receive is who they need to listen to and when. Over time, they learn that the most favorable response is one of prompt obedience to those who care for them. Parents try to teach that a response of disobedience or even delayed obedience doesn’t represent respect or understanding of authority.

 

In all the crazy turns of this nativity journey, Joseph heard messages from an angel of the Lord to direct him and, at each point, he listened. These messages were not easy to obey. This message in particular was a call to uproot his new family and go to a place that was foreign to him. It was a message that could have inspired fear—someone wanted to kill his young child. Yet, even with all the details that needed to be worked out ahead of him, Joseph’s response was prompt obedience. He spared no time, even for sleep, to consider what to do next. It was clear—obey God! Many of us would say we want God to be that straight forward and tell us exactly where to go, but we often don’t have the heart to obey His call even when He speaks clearly. In big matters and small, we must learn to take the steps of obedience, answering the promptings God places on our hearts even when we wrestle with questions about the outcome.

 

  • How easy or difficult is it for you to be obedient when God prompts you to do something?
  • What is hardest for you when it comes to obeying God in the commands and directions of Scripture?
  • Pray and ask God to mold your heart into one that is excited and ready to answer His direction found in Scripture and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
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