Daily D – Matthew 1:24

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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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