Matthew 1:24 (NLT)
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
Whatever else you might think about Joseph, there is one thing for certain: He was a man of action.
In the midst of the whirlwind, Joseph didn’t waiver. After one dream, one angelic visit, one word from Heaven, Joseph changes course and responds to God’s plan. If it had been me, I would have had a question or two. I would have pondered the options. I might have even made a pro/con list just to make sure I was on the right track. But according to the account in Matthew, Joseph did none of those things. Joseph woke up and did it.
Joseph is an example of faith. He is the embodiment of trust.
How about you? Think of the most difficult thing in your life right now; a work situation, a school struggle, a family matter, a frustrating neighbor, a legal problem. If a messenger from God appeared in your dream tonight and gave you direction, how would you respond? Would you shrug off the advice? Would you chalk it up as too much caffeine too late at night? Would you forget the guidance before your first cup of coffee?
Joseph woke up and did it. No questions. No doubts.
Allow me to suggest that angelic couriers visit us more often than we are aware. The problem is that we fail to recognize their voice; we are oblivious to their input. Or perhaps we hear their words but fail to give credibility to the dispatch.
Can I make a suggestion? Look for the angels in your life. Whether in your dreams, at work, on the street, or in the quiet of your room. And when you finally see them, listen very carefully to what they have to say. And when you finally hear their guidance, Wake Up and Do.
It could be the most important decision you ever make.
May we be a faithful followers, true to God’s desire for our lives and our world.