Week 4 Day 4 - Most Valuable Gift

December 29, 2016

 

Read: Matthew 1:20-21 

 

Many times in life, things happen that are beyond us and leave us asking God, "what are You doing here?" Because we cannot see the big picture and we don't hold infinity in our hands we become easily confused, it is just who we are. Joseph finds himself in one of those insane predicaments. His wife Mary had become pregnant and the child was not his own. His life as he had known it had become undone. But Joseph is described in verse 19 of Matthew chapter 1 as a righteous man and he was going to do the right thing and honor his wife by not shaming her. However, unknown to him, God had different plans. Indeed this was a part of God's plan all along. This was a plan that was established centuries ago, back to Joseph's ancestor and father of his people, Abraham. Way back in Genesis, God made a covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and that from his descendants would come One who would be the Savior to the world. From Abraham’s lineage we find King David. We learn from verse 20 that Joseph is also from the line of David. What does this tell us? It tells us that Joseph was about to understand what the prophet Isaiah meant when he wrote that His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are greater than ours. 

 

On his way to make things right, an angel of The Lord appears to Joseph in a dream to reveal God's plan in the midst of all that was happening. This child inside of Mary was indeed special. This was Jesus, the One who was prophesied ages ago, the One who was going to take away the sins of the world, to be the Savior to all of us. 

No matter how crazy life may get or how overwhelming it may seem, God's promise to us never fades or changes. He has given us His Son Jesus to take away our sins, to be our Savior. We can trust in Him in the midst of the chaos. 

 

Discuss:

 

Describe a time that you had to trust that God had a plan. 

 

Prayer 

 

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