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December 3: Well, That’s Awkward

Scripture

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

Matthew 1:18-19

 

Reflection

After Mary’s visitation from the angel, she rushed to tell Joseph she was pregnant. One can imagine his reaction.

“What? You’re kidding me, right?”

“No, Joseph, an angel visited me and told me I will conceive and give birth to the Son of the Most High.”

“But I didn’t. We haven’t. Who is the father if not me?”

“Joseph, I am faithful to you. I promise.”

“Well, there has to be a father. That’s how you got pregnant. If I find out it was your friend, David.”

“Joseph, please. Listen. That’s not what happened. Believe me.”

Joseph had a difficult time accepting her story. Who wouldn’t? The miraculous nature of Mary’s conception was . . . inconceivable!

Just as God chose Mary, God chose Joseph. The Son of God needed a stepfather to raise him in the ways of the Lord. Joseph was in an awkward position. Mary claimed to be pregnant. She appeared to have shamed him by being unfaithful and lied to him.

Joseph cared for Mary, but once people discovered Mary’s pregnancy, she faced public humiliation and gossip. What could he do to protect his honor and her dignity? He intended to break up with her as quietly as possible so as not to put her to public disgrace. It’s easy to see why God selected Joseph.

God selected you, too. Things might appear confusing or even hopeless. Nothing is hopeless in God’s plan. He can turn around any circumstances.

God put Joseph in an awkward place but that night God’s answers unfolded to Joseph.

If you’re dealing with uncomfortable circumstances, lean into God. He will allow you to struggle, but he will show you the way.

 

Prayer

Lord, I can’t do this alone. My life and circumstances don’t make sense. You have chosen me for a purpose. I have a role in your story. But what is it? Help me make sense of the rubble in my life because it certainly doesn’t feel like a glorious purpose. Give me eyes to see you at work in my life and ears to hear you guiding me along the way.

 

Lord give me eyes to see you at work in my life.

 


 

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