Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
by: Angie Osborn.
Now it was Joseph’s turn to receive some hefty, life-changing news. Mary, his fiancé was pregnant, and he knew he had nothing to do with that. His first response was, understandably, to break off the engagement. He would do so quietly to save face for Mary. But then, he received a visit from an angel who let Joseph in on God’s plan. Like Mary, Joseph must have had many questions, concerns, and doubts. Like Mary, Joseph responded in faith and trust. He accepted his role in God’s ultimate plan. He walked forward in faith, trusting God. How can you step out in faith today? What is God calling you to do? What is He calling you to trust Him for?