“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’– which means, ‘God with us.’ When Joseph wok up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:18-25
Scripture tells us Joseph was a righteous man, he was a descendent of David and he was betrothed or pledged to Mary. According to custom, the Jewish betrothal was more binding than our modern engagement. It could only be broken by divorce and during this time there was no sexual relationship between the man and woman. The betrothed woman was referred to as ‘wife’ and the man as ‘husband’. So Joseph was a good Jewish man, he followed the laws and customs and he obviously cared for Mary as he did not want to see her publicly judged which could have led to her stoning. The angel stopped Joseph’s course of action as he listened, believed the Lord’s Words and accepted the unusual circumstances within which He found himself. He took it on faith and exercised his faith with action towards Mary.
What does this event tell us about God? God is Incomprehensible. We cannot understand God’s thoughts and ways. God is infinite and eternal and knows all things. God made human beings in His image, but we are finite and flawed by sin. In heaven we will be perfect. However, we will still not know all there is to know about God because we will be finite. We can understand all that we need to know about God because He has given us His Word and His Spirit. Joseph would have been familiar with the Old Testament words of Job 5:9 “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” and Isaiah 55:8 “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways may ways,’ declares the LORD.” Joseph knew God was beyond total understanding, and he needed to exercise faith to walk within God’s will for his life. He was a wise and righteous man. He knew this about his God “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 12:6. So Joseph boldly stepped out and acted upon his faith trusting God for the results.
What about you? Do you know and trust God? Are you willing to step out in faith when God calls you to do, serve, be used and tell others? Can you accept that God’s ways are not our ways and that we will not totally understand our infinite God. Be a Joseph today- step out with faith and in faith to follow Jesus.
In awe of our Incomprehensible God,