This Advent season, I have been stopping to wonder about Joseph often in my devotional time. Time and time again I come back because here it is, portrayed in Joseph what the Lord has been asking of me lately — obedience through trust. Though we have never faced a situation like Joseph’s, the call to obey the Lord when nothing makes sense, is a familiar one to many of us.
“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:19-20)
Maybe you are there right now. In the midst of a storm that does not seem to be calming down. In a season of waiting and afraid to hold on to hope of better things to come. Hearing the call to do something and when nothing works out, wondering if you were hearing the Lord in the first place. Waiting to hear from the Lord, anything at all, because you feel so lost and confused. Waiting — for a spouse, for a child, for your family member to come to the Lord, for a job, for a miracle.
They are there, the questions that fill all the empty space and confused corners. Are You there, Lord? If You are, how can this be? What am I supposed to do? Will this ever change? How long, how far to go, Lord? And the answer, the one we are sure to get?
“Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:24-25)
Joseph did not know everything. There must have been a lot of confusion, many troubling question and this deep, aching pain of knowing his wife was pregnant. But when Joseph heard from the Lord, through the angel’s visitation? He obeyed. Without doubt or wavering, he obeyed.
There will be these moments for us as well — these moments of confusion, of doubt, of feeling lost and not sure which way to go. We can never see the whole picture; but the comforting truth is that God does. Everything happens in His timing, and so we are only called to obedience through trust. Trusting that He wants only the best for us, and trusting that what He has for us is the best. There is a set timing for everything — His perfect timing, and so we can stop worrying and striving to make things happen.
So look to Him. Feel His gentle touch on your aching heart, feel His loving prompting to obey what He calls you to do and trust that He is in control, that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. He sees you, and He knows where you are going. He is with you.