Wednesday 15 December, 2021

Matthew 2:13-15

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Running from an angry king and fleeing to Egypt is surely not what Mary and Joseph had signed up for. However, their obedience to God’s will was firm and completed another prophecy (see Hosea 11:1) in God’s plan. Mary and Joseph got up at night, without the luxury of streetlights and high beams, and made the journey with baby Jesus.

As Christians, we are God’s people who live by God’s rule. We know we are not always perfect and wrestle with the sin in us, but we can see even in this passage that God has a plan for us and desires us to be obedient to Him. Often, I need to remind myself to follow God’s plan and not my own. Joseph may have had family, a business and even friends he had to leave behind for a short while. His obedience to God’s plan, and not his own, is what we see in action here.

Lord, may we be obedient to your will. Help us to accept the plans you have for our lives; to prosper, to not come to harm, to give hope and of a future. Thank you for your sacrifice upon the cross that reminds us of your overflowing love and ultimate authority. Help us to trust in you, to serve you, to love our neighbours, and to love you. In your precious name, Jesus.


Written by Sven Bessesen

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