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Someday Devotion – Day 11

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Matthew 1:24-25

“…he (Joseph) did what the angel of the Lord commanded.”

When Joseph awoke, he put his faith into action.  “He did what the angel of the Lord commanded.”  He made Mary his wife, but he did not have sexual relations with her until after the birth of Jesus.  Action – the most powerful response to our affirmation of faith.  Joseph surrendered and then acted upon that surrendered faith.

Again, I love the humanness of Joseph’s honest struggle.  It was after he was confused and after he was afraid that God was able to really work.  Joseph also gave God the time to reveal Himself.  And once again, he treated Mary with tremendous decency and respect.  He made “an honest woman out of her” – not for her sake (she knew where she stood with God) but for the sake of public scrutiny.  He also refrained from sexual relations with her (which according to the law was his right) until after Jesus was born.

What tremendous life lessons for us in these two simple verses:

1.  Put our faith into action
2.  Do things decently and in order
3.  Don’t be in a hurry to impose your own wants, rights and needs.  Put others first.

What a challenge! Applying these truths to our everyday, we realize that as we defer to others needs around us, we develop greater confidence in knowing that God is taking care of us.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
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Someday Devotion – Day 10

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Matthew: 1:20-23
“As he considered this, he fell asleep…” (New Living Translation)

As Joseph was considering what to do, he fell asleep.  He “slept on it.” Literally!  He gave himself time to make the right decision.  While he was “sleeping on it,” the angel filled him in on the facts of the story that he was missing.  He, like Mary, was seeing things from his own perspective, not God’s.  The angel calmed his fears and said that God was in control.

There is so much to be gained by giving the proper time to ourselves in making an important decision.  Very often we don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle at the beginning of a situation.  The challenge is to “act” with an informed, level head.  The temptation is to “re-act” out of panic and emotion to partial bits of information.  Time is our friend.  It allows God to reveal Himself and His will.  It allows God to fill us in on the missing information, so that we can hear His words… and His truth.  By hearing His words, then we can obey.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
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Someday Devotion – Day 9

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Matthew 1:19
“Joseph, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly.” (New Living Translation)

After we surrender to the task God has called us to, and we feel that blessed assurance, we then have to move from our quiet affirmation to a public declaration. Joseph, to whom Mary was engaged, became quite confused over the news that she was pregnant. I love this verse that simply states, “Joseph, her fiancé being a just and honorable man…” Although he could have shamed her publicly (and this was his right, according to the law) he did not want to publicly disgrace her. He was obviously a man of great character. He sought to put others’ needs before his own. In the midst of his confusion and lack of understanding, he could have demanded shame, but he offered her grace.

What a tremendous example of Christ-likeness. In the midst of our own pain and lack of understanding, to still be so aware of God’s presence in our own lives, that instead of demanding shame, we offer grace.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
All Rights Reserved

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