Read Matthew 1:18-25. This remarkable passage speaks volumes about Mary and Joseph’s love for and commitment to God and each other.
Not to mention trust! Their level of trust in their situation being from the Lord is amazing. It certainly wasn’t their plan and dream for their future life together.
Can you imagine the chaos had either one of them thrown up their hands, ranted and raved, and ultimately rejected God’s sovereign plan for their lives?
Isn’t that our first reaction sometimes to our plans not going our way? At first, anyway? I know it has been my experience to react that way.
I usually settle down, stop fighting it and eventually give up my plan for His, but how much better it would be if I learn to take a deep breath in and breathe out the words, “Yes, Lord!” His plan is always better than mine anyway!
In this short account of the conception of our Lord Jesus Christ, we see in v. 19 that Joseph had his mind made up about how to handle this unexpected situation. He had made his decision.
But once the Lord had let His will in the matter be known to Joseph (vv. 20-21), there was no arguing on Joseph’s part. There was no offering up of numerous excuses as to why he simply could not do what the Lord was asking Him to do. “But, God, what will my friends and family think? Will I lose my standing in the community? How will this affect my business? God, are you sure Mary didn’t … ? Lord, do you know what you’re asking me to do?”
No! There was none of that. Joseph believed God! He and Mary both knew their God could be trusted and that He had a plan far greater than either of them could imagine. They faced making the decision to obey or not obey God in the midst of their confusion. Thankfully, they yielded their hearts, their hopes, their expectations, their plans; yes, their very lives to His and said, “Yes, Lord!”
Think of the eternal things that happened because of their obedience! May our prayer be like Mary’s (Luke 1:38), “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”