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)
Matthew 2:13, 14 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, . . . (NLT)
Matthew 2:21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. (NLT)
Quiet obedience beats noisy exclamation every time.
There are people who live their whole lives in relative obscurity. They are content remaining on the sidelines and in the shadows. Their thoughts and feelings are not on display. They simply do the right thing the right way for the right reason in the right timing day in, day out, over the full arc of their lives.
When they are laid to rest, many realize the full meaning of the word Loss. Something goes missing that is unretrievable. Something is gone that performed much like glue. Something gone now leaves a vacancy, a vacuum, that will be filled, but with what?
Joseph is notable for an obedient life. He did what God said and he did it immediately. He saved his family because he did what he was supposed to do. He did it in God’s perfect timing. He did it silently. And so was saved the Savior and our Savior’s mother.
Quiet obedience can save a life, save a family, save a world.
In a world where everyone shouts, it is the silent majority, those who live lives of quiet obedience, who make the world go ‘round. It is the quiet ones in the shadows who hold things together. It is quiet obedience that builds better lives, better homes, better communities.
Pity a world that does not celebrate quiet obedience.
It’s a good day to show up, shut up, and stand up to lead the way in obedience to something more important than ourselves.
I will live a life of quiet obedience.
Our Father, thank you for a father who lived like Joseph. Thank you for men and women who do not shout or strut but instead do the next right thing, no matter how hard, again and again. Thank you for these silent saints who join you in building a better world so that those who follow behind them have a place to stand. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.