Chaplain David Peacock
Shelby Baptist Medical Center
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph son of David do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’. When Joseph woke from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to her firstborn son. And he called His name Jesus!” (Matthew 1:18-20, 24-24-ESV)
Joseph was a man who sets an example for us as we consider what it means to follow God. After all these years, his story still inspires us to experience God in powerful ways. As we approach Christmas, there will be many distractions to follow along the way that can prevent us from following the unique path God wants us to walk. And just like Joseph, God wants to supernaturally intervene as we follow Him to bring, “His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Following God can be the greatest adventure anyone can go on in our lifetime, and God loves us and wants the best for us! The question remains, will we be open to following God? Like in Joseph’s life, the repercussions for us obeying or disobeying do not just affect us, but the lives around us now and for generations to come.
Here are some thoughts and questions to consider as we approach Christmas in light of what it means to follow God;
1. Following God means we consider things that are in our lives. How open are you to following God regardless of what He may ask you to do and why?
2. Following God means we do not fear. What are you fearing today that has paralyzed you from following God?
3. Following God means we do as the Lord commands. How is God leading you to follow Him?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the example of Joseph. Help me to follow You regardless to where the path leads. Guide me to be thoughtful, and open to what You may ask of me. Today I give you my fear(s) of __________________ that are paralyzing me from fully following You, and I ask that You help me to be obedient to You like Joseph. May my story inspire others to follow You as well. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.