But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. When we are walking in God’s path, God will always confirm His word to the people in our lives who need to know. After God had given Mary instructions, and she’d become pregnant via the Holy Spirit, He sent an angel to assure Joseph of His plans. This stopped Joseph from divorcing Mary. Don’t be worried, when you follow the instructions of God in your life. He will take care of everything else.
No one likes a distracted driver. It’s the woman looking down at her phone after the light has turned green. It’s the guy who cuts off the mom in a minivan while negotiating a business deal. Brakes squeal. The minivan driver lays into the horn. The person who has been waiting to get through the light lets out a few choice words and hand signals. It’s easy to let frustration get the better of us on the road. But the reality is cursing at other drivers doesn’t get us where we are going any faster. The same is true for any conflict we find ourselves in. To be angry is not a sin, but how we respond to anger can be. Proverbs 15:18 says, “A hot tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” Giving full vent to our anger doesn’t change the situation. In fact, it can make it worse. Maybe you don’t express anger through gestures or words, but instead, choose to bottle it up. Holding anger in is just as sinful as blowing up. Unconfessed hurt turns to bitterness and resentment, which separate us from God and others (Psalms 66:18, Mark 11:25). God knows the motives of our hearts; He is not fooled by outward appearances. As we share our struggles and open ourselves to correction, God frees us from sin. Correction may not be easy to hear, but the path without correction is far more dangerous. Proverbs 15:10 says, “Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.” It is hard to allow someone to correct us. Pride tells us to be defensive and stand our ground, but through discipline, God draws us closer to Him. Reflect: Think of a time when you acted impulsively. Looking back, how could you have handled the situation differently? What do you do when someone hurts your feelings? Do people know when you are angry or do you bottle it up? How do you respond to correction? As you reflect on how you respond, is there anyone you need to apologize to?
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Do not compare our own measly understanding to that of God’s! God created us and everything. Who are we to say that we know this or that to be true. All that we know is because the Lord allows us to know it. Thanks be to God.
The Lord did not teach us to be fearful. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18), and in this verse, it shows that fear is a trap for mankind. Love God with all your heart and approach Him confidently and your fear of death will be gone. Do this and all that will flow your heart with love.
Dear God, I thank you that when it comes to following your way, I have nothing to worry about because you have taken care of anything. I know that your word will be confirmed, no matter who may or may not believe it in my life. Because of this, I choose to move forward in the path you have set out for me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Holy Lord, securer of my faith, I long to love You with all of my heart and soul. I have not always approached you with confidence, and am sad to say that I am sometimes intimidated and fearful to talk with You. Strengthen me so that I may improve this weakness, O Lord, and let the fear in my heart be cast out and replaced by love. I know I am safe with You, my rock and refuge. Amen.
O Lord in heaven, forgive my arrogance! I have thought on more than one occasion that I knew something better than You. What a fool that I am! I am so lucky that You still love me, gentle God, and know full well that I do not deserve it. I pray that You instill a new calmness in me, and a desire to be humble and wise, as Your son, Jesus Christ, has taught me. It is an honor to rejoice in Your name, heavenly Father. I am not worthy, and I humbly kneel before You as Your servant. I shall dance and sing Your name so that all may hear it: Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are we that come in the name of the Lord. Amen, Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen Amen