“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.” (Matthew 1:19, KJV)
Have you ever noticed that the Bible doesn’t record a single word spoken by Joseph, Mary’s husband? As a pivotal figure in the Christmas narrative, his silence is profound, yet through his actions, he delivers powerful sermons. Let’s delve into three significant lessons we can learn from Joseph.
Hearing and Following Divine Directions
Joseph’s first lesson is about divine guidance. Imagine his turmoil when Mary, his fiancée, revealed her miraculous pregnancy. Initially, Joseph planned to quietly end their relationship to avoid public disgrace. However, a divine intervention through a dream changed everything (Matthew 1:20-24). Joseph chose to follow God’s direction over his own reasoning, exemplifying the importance of seeking and adhering to God’s guidance in our lives.
Prompt Obedience: A Lesson from Joseph
Joseph’s immediate obedience upon receiving divine instruction is noteworthy. He didn’t hesitate or question but acted swiftly, reminiscent of Abraham’s obedience (Genesis 22:1-3). In today’s world, we may not receive messages through dreams, but we have the Bible, God’s enduring Word, to guide us. Joseph’s example teaches us the value of prompt obedience to God’s Word.
Exemplifying Self-Control J
oseph’s remarkable self-control is evident in his relationship with Mary. Despite taking his young fiancee in as his wife, he did not have any sexual relationships with her until after Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:25). This level of self-restraint highlights the importance of self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), in our daily lives.
Joseph may not have spoken words recorded in Scripture, but his life speaks volumes about hearing from God, obedience, and self-control.
Which of the three lessons from Joseph’s life do you need the most help with today?
Apply the Word
Joseph served as Jesus’ earthly father figure, embodying obedience, self-control, and attentiveness to God. Emulate these qualities in your own life. Strive to discern God’s will, respond with immediate obedience, and practice self-control in challenging situations.
Seek God’s guidance to emulate Joseph’s qualities. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s assistance in being receptive to God’s Word and exhibiting self-control in your actions.
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