Pocket Sized Thoughts – Christmas – Part 16

Joseph … was warned by God through a dream.” (Matthew 2:22)

Every attempt by the devil to destroy the new born Christ was more than countered by God. The role of Joseph throughout the story of the birth of Jesus is very honourable. When Mary was discovered to be pregnant, Joseph sought to privately break the betrothal. God spoke and Joseph obeyed (Matthew 1:18-25). After the visit of the wise men, and angel told Joseph to take his family into Egypt. Again, Joseph obeyed (Matthew 2:13-14). Much later, they left Egypt at God’s command through a dream (Matthew 2:20) and as they returned, God warned Joseph by another dream to go by another route before settling in Nazareth (Matthew 2:22-23). In all these events, it shows that Joseph’s heart was sensitive to receive information from the Lord. Are our hearts equally receptive? But also, these events demonstrate the wisdom and power of God in protecting His own. The devil is no match for the Lord. God will not be outwitted by the cunning and cruelty of Satan and his hordes. When the devil sought to destroy the mother and her child, God sent an ‘eagle’ to deliver them (Revelation 12:14). God takes remarkable and detailed care over His own. Rejoice and give thanks at His great delivering power.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that you keep me from so many known and even unknown dangers; I entrust myself once more to You.”