"Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel"
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus."
Do you believe what you just read? If yes, you can trust God no matter what. He will do what He promises to do! God will do a miracle if needed to accomplish His will, to fulfill His word (Matthew 1:18,22-23).
Look at what God did for Joseph. In the midst of his confusion, uncertainty and hurt Joseph was going to do what he felt was the right thing to do. Yet, it was not what God wanted for Joseph and Mary and their new baby boy. God will speak to us to keep us from going a wrong direction if we are truly trying to do His will (Matthew 1:19-21).
Joseph did what God said for him to do. We are to obey what the Lord teaches right away. Joseph went forward with the wedding and did not have sexual relations with his wife until after Jesus was born (Matthew 1:24-25).
Jesus' mission was mapped out while He was in the womb. He saves His people from their sin. Each of us has a God-given assignment. We need to ask the Lord what it is and be doing it daily (Matthew 1:21).
Questions for reflection: