December 3: Well, That’s Awkward

Dec 03

December 3: Well, That’s Awkward

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

 

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 haven’t . . . we haven’t . . . who is the father, if not me?”

“Joseph, I have been 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 to me. It isn’t like that. You have to believe me.”

Apparently, Joseph had a difficult time believing her story. Who wouldn’t? It was remarkable, inconceivable, and miraculous!

Just as God chose Mary, God also chose Joseph. The Son of God was going to need a good stepfather to raise Him in the ways of the Lord. Joseph was the man. Yes, Joseph was confused and uncertain about what Mary had told him. She was pregnant. She had shamed him by apparently being unfaithful and lying about it. But he knew Mary. She would never lie to him. None of it made sense.

He didn’t want to shame her. He would break up with her as quiet as possible so as not to put her to public disgrace. He still cared for her, but people would talk once they discovered Mary was pregnant. What could he do to protect his honor and her dignity? It’s easy to see why Joseph was chosen by God.

You are also chosen by God for a significant role in God’s story. Right now, things might seem confusing or even hopeless. Nothing is hopeless in God’s plan. Circumstances might look like they’re headed one way but God can turn things around in an instant, or gradually, if that fits His purpose better.

Joseph was a young teenager. God put him in a difficult situation because He knew Joseph would allow God to work things out. That very night, God’s answers started to unfold to Joseph.

If you’re in an awkward place, dealing with uncomfortable circumstances, lean into God. He will allow you to struggle a little, but He will make the way clear, if you have ears to hear Him.

 

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.