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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.