Daily D – Matthew 2:13-14
Matthew 2:13, 14 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search of the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt. (CSB)
“Are you ready to go hunting?”
That’s all it took to get me up out of bed. I loved going squirrel hunting with Dad. The fact that it was still dark did not bother me at all. I jumped out of bed, put on my warmest clothes, and put a cap on my head.
Dad made me comb my hair one morning before I plopped that cap on top. I learned that lesson well.
One morning, a school day, I was having a hard time waking up. Mom kept calling me to breakfast and I kept dozing. Dad stepped into the room and asked, “Do you want to go squirrel hunting?” Up I jumped before realizing the trick he had played.
Each of us has a trigger that, once pulled, moves us into immediate action. For a young mother, it is a certain cry distinguished from all other cries that rouses her from slumber. For a preacher, it’s that telephone call in the middle of the night when someone is near death.
Joseph receives a couple of late-night calls in this chapter. The Wise Men had come and gone. Herod “was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him,” (verse 3). He was going to snuff out his newborn rival.
Joseph was given specific, direct orders. He immediately complied. He heard God’s instructions and did what he was told.
Sometime later, an angel appeared to him in a dream again saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, because those who intended to kill the child are dead,” (verses 19 and 20).
You know enough about Joseph now to predict what happened next. “So he got up, took the child and his mother, and entered the land of Israel,” (verse 21).
Joseph heard God’s instructions and obeyed them immediately. This is the secret of life. This is the secret of success. When you know what God expects, do it. This is true on special, nay spectacular, situations like Joseph, Mary, and Jesus experienced. This is true also in the hum-drum routines of daily life.
Here is your pathway for a successful day and an impactful life: Figure out what God wants and do it immediately. What honors him and serves others? What builds up others? What brings peace to your heart and overflows into the lives of others?
Joseph is one of the best teachers of these truths in the Bible. Even though we never read a word he spoke, his example is like a megaphone. Listen and learn. Hear and obey.
I will live like Joseph.
Our Father, give me a willing and obedient heart to do what you say when you say it. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.