December 18

Matthew 1:21-25

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife…” vs. 24

Joseph took dreams seriously! Four different times Matthew tells us Joseph woke up in the morning and did whatever he had been commanded to do during the night. His obedience was impeccable! Sometimes that’s how it works for us too. We might have been wrestling with a decision for some time, unable to make up our minds, and then decide to sleep on it. And when we wake up our direction is crystal clear–we do as we have been directed by our night visitors. There’s something refreshing about that reliance on the Spirit of God for direction. So often we tend to believe that we’re the ones in charge of our destiny and make decisions accordingly. We decide what we want to do and then do it! We end up chasing fame and fortune and never give it a second thought–and then wonder why a spirit of dissatisfaction accompanies us through life like a little black cloud. Paul described himself as a slave of Jesus Christ and expected that he would be guided by the Spirit of Christ as his mission continued. The resurrected Jesus is a living force in our world, and if we are his slaves, we should expect to get orders along the way! And blessings abound when we obey, even when the instructions come while we’re sleeping!

Thought for the Day: How does Jesus command me?

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