“Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:19, 20 NLT)
Good men are sometimes afraid. Think about Joseph. A hard-working man whose integrity was well known. He falls in love with a young girl and pledges to marry her. In that culture, the pledge was binding. Suddenly, the love of his life shares the news of an unplanned pregnancy. Joseph knew that scorn and ridicule would await him if he went through with his plan to marry Mary. But the Spirit told him not to be afraid because even though on the outside, things look bleak, on the inside often the Holy Spirit is at work.
This reminds me to trust that the Holy Spirit of God is at work behind the scenes, even though it can be scary. Move forward. Don’t stop. See what God can do.
Lord, as I look at aspects of my life, fear paralyzes me. Help me to be a good man an give me the confidence to move forward with fear.
(This post was written using the S.O.A.P. method. It is the method I use for my morning quiet time. Want to know what it is? Click Here).