- Matthew 1:19 (NKJV) Being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example…but while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him…
Living a righteous life is not always easy—ask Joseph. He was engaged formally to Mary and she came up pregnant. The righteous thing to do in his day was to bring her before the authorities to be punished. Yet Joseph loved Mary. How was he to find the balance between being a righteous man and doing the right thing?
The key for Joseph was that he was not hasty. He took the time to think things through and as he did, God sent a divine dream that showed him what to do.
Remember, you can do a lot of damage trying to “do the right thing” without doing it “God’s way.” That was the whole purpose of Mary being pregnant! God was providing a way that justice could be served—but bathed in mercy.
Perhaps you find yourself in a tough spot today with some difficult decisions ahead of you. Don’t rush…wait till the last second before pulling the trigger on that decision; there’s been many a victory won just when all seem most hopeless.
“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.” _Jacques Deval