Trust in His Plan
When you think of great men in Bible, names like David, the great king might come to mind. Or maybe you think of Solomon and all his wisdom. Some of you might think of the great soul winner, Paul. But for me, when I think of great men in the Bible, Joseph is the first name that comes to mind.
His story is one that none of us would want to live. He is engaged to be married, but learns that his future wife is pregnant with a child that is not his. The only logical explanation for this was that Mary had been unfaithful to him. It’s not hard to imagine what Joseph felt upon learning this news from Mary. It would have been devastating to him. No doubt he felt betrayed, dishonored, disrespected, humiliated and hurt by Mary. His trust had been violated and his whole world would have been shaken by this news.
But Joseph responded in a way that most of us would not when faced with similar news. You see, if he told others what had happened, that Mary was pregnant with another man’s child, Mary would be stoned to death (Deut. 22:23-24). Mary’s life was in his hands, yet through his hurt, he did not want to see Mary die. So Joseph began to devise a plan to break off the engagement quietly. He knew that after the engagement ended, people would soon discover that Mary was pregnant. The assumption would be that Joseph was the father and that he had slept with Mary prior to being married and then broke off the engagement. The shame would be his, not Mary’s. Mary’s life would be spared. Joseph was willing to do this because he was a “righteous man” (Matt. 1:19). I have great respect for Joseph.
You see, Joseph’s righteousness didn't come from his pursuit of justice or being obedient to what the law required, which stated that Mary should be stoned to death. Rather, it was his compassion and mercy towards Mary that led Joseph to be called righteous. Who in your life do you need to show compassion and mercy to?
Friends, we all receive news in our lives that has the ability to crush all of our hopes and dreams; news that will make that day the worst of your life; news that requires us to go on a journey that we would rather not go on. This is how Joseph must have felt. But at that very moment when Joseph was at his lowest, when he felt like he couldn’t go on, God was at work in Mary’s womb orchestrating the birth of the Savior and God was inviting Joseph to be part of the greatest this great redemption story.
Here’s the thing, when life gets hard and painful and you feel like you can't go on, remember Joseph and his story. Just when everything seems all wrong, maybe, just maybe, God is doing something remarkable that you simply cannot see. So when you’re facing moments of disappointment and hurt and uncertainty and you’re on a journey you don’t want to be on; turn it over to God and invite Him to make “all things work together for good for those who love God, and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
One of my go-to prayers when I’m facing those dark and trying times in my life is, “God, You are on the throne.” Where in your life do you need to release control, trust in God, and pray, “God, You are on the throne?”