Daily D – Matthew 1:24
Matthew 1:24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. (NLT)
To hear and obey God is the most important lesson we will ever learn. To help others hear and obey God is the most important lesson we will ever teach. God says more than we perceive. His instructions create more delight than we have known.
And so, in the hardest moment of decision he ever faced, God overruled Joseph’s kind decision with the most extraordinary kindness yet known. (See verses 18-21).
Joseph discovered he was part of a bigger story, the biggest story, the best news since God said, “Let there be . . . ,” and it was, and it was very good. The bigger story was, in part, how God was not simply the Creator of all things standing beyond his creation but was coming into the world he created to set all things right that had gone wrong since Adam and Eve chose to go their own way.
Mary’s baby had a divine origin. He had a special future. He would be what all of history passed pointed to and longed for. He would be what all of history and every people group, indeed, every person, would need. He would be Immanuel, God with us.
Joseph immediately turned from thoughts of divorce to submissive obedience to God’s bigger, better plan. He heard God’s message. He obeyed God’s instructions. He became a dad to our Father’s Son.
God’s most beautiful and best gifts are given to those who hear what he says and follow his instructions. Decorate your life with ears to hear. Beautify the world with joyful obedience.
I will hear and obey God and help others do the same.
Our Father, give me ears to hear what you are saying to me today. Give me a willing and obedient heart to do what you say. Make me a blessing to someone today. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“