A Christmas Devotion #11

Matthew 1:20; “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraidto take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”.
As we come to the close of the year, do you find yourself at a crossroad? A moment when the tantalizing prospect of something new is just around the corner, yet you know it largely relies of you choosing the right path. If you are not experiencing this I am sure you remember a time when you were in the very position? When a single decision could very well shape the rest of your life or at the very least the next chapter in your life. The thing that I find interesting about a crossroad is that it has numerous options for us to take. Do we go to the left, do we go to the right or do we keep going straight forward. This is very different to a Cul-de-sac, that looks like an road that leads somewhere to find out that it is a dead end street. Sometimes when we arrive at these pivotal moments in our life we have a tendency to treat them like a Cul-de-sac and think that all hope is gone and that we have reached a dead end. What if Joseph had looked at this chapter in his life as a dead end? What would the outcome have been??? But, he did not view it so, he saw it as it was….a crossroads. Here we see Joseph wondering what type of action to take as Mary is now supernaturally pregnant. (No man in history has been in his situation). Which road was he going to take? Was he going to disgrace her or hide her? Well, we all know what his decision was. He planned to put her away secretly. The Word of God tells us that whilst at this crossroad in his life, he ‘considered what he would do’, and when he did this the Lord sent an angel to him in a dream and reassured him everything was going to be alright. And told him which road to take.
Take this example of Joseph to heart, understand that what ever the crossroad is that you may find yourself at, it does have options, there is hope, it is not a dead end. It is up to you to consider your options and seek the Lord. He will give guidance to you just as he did to Joseph. You can turn a crossroad from being something that is daunting into something that is exciting and wonderfully blessed.
And most importantly, look at what the angel said to Joseph, “do not be afraid“.

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