about what Joseph must have been feeling and thinking? 

He didn’t want to embarrass Mary and make matters worse for her.

I am thinking that matters were probably not so good. 

She was pregnant and not married – so he was willing to just to “divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19)

 “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:20-21
I wonder if Joseph ever thought, “What HAVE I gotten myself into?” 

Yet, like us, once we yield our will to His will and His plans…things work out OK. 

Were there tears?  I am sure there were. 

Was there sorrow?  Without a doubt. 

Was there pain and suffering?  We know there was. 

Joseph was Jesus’ earthly father…I believe he loved Jesus as much as I love my son. 

As much as you love your children or nieces and nephews.

Can you just imagine what he felt?  The Lord did a work on Joseph’s heart and I believe Joseph knew this child was going to be special. 

Strange indeed…yet He IS the Messiah!
Lord, thank you for giving Joseph the courage to say yes even when He didn’t know exactly how it would turn out.  Please give me that kind of courage.  Courage to do what you ask, because I know it is YOU asking.  Courage to follow YOUR lead and then trust in the guidance You supply.  Courage to allow you to do a work on my heart.
How about you?  Have you ever considered how Joseph must have felt?

edited repost from the archives


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