Meditating on Peace: December 15

12_Devotions9_JNBy Becky Ahlberg

Tuesday, December 15

Read Matthew 1:18-25. 

Joseph is almost a mystery player in the Christmas story. We barely get to know him, and yet he may be the best example we have of someone who put his trust fully in the Lord. He would have had to. In the midst of the shame culture of that day, the events that unfolded with his betrothed Mary would have been excruciating.

Another angel said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife” (v. 20). In the movie The Nativity Story, there is a poignant scene in which Joseph dreams that Mary is about to be stoned in the streets of Nazareth. An angel intervenes and tells him to take Mary as his wife and name the child Jesus. The next day he finds Mary and tenderly quotes what the angel has told him; he then says, “I know, Mary. . . . An angel came to me in my dream.”

Mary replies, “You believe me?”

“I believe you. The child will need a father. I will declare him as my own.”

And with quiet resolve, and surely the peace that passes understanding, they move forward together trusting God for the difficult journey ahead.

Peace engenders trust. Ask God to give you the peace that passes understanding for what lies ahead on your journey today.

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