19 December 2014

She Reads Truth: An Angel Comes to Joseph

God with us

In this season of Advent, I’ve been so enjoying this series from She Reads Truth. This particular devotion from Matthew 1:18-25 fits right along with having the courage to be brave and obey, despite the fact that we have no idea what the outcome will be. I’ve often noticed how many times in the bible it says, “Do not be afraid!” or “Fear not!”            I don’t know about you but that greatly encourages me! God is trying to tell us something, right? I believe nothing delights Him more than our audacity to put our faith and hope in Him.

Do you ever look around at your life and wonder, “How did I get here?”

Maybe you’re in unfamiliar territory—a new city, a new job, a new phase of life.
Maybe you’re in dangerous territory—a valley of uncertainty, or sickness, or doubt.
Maybe you’re up on the mountaintop—looking out at a breathtaking view others would give up their treasures to see—but the air feels so thin up there and the fall would be so far, and some days you’re struggling just to breathe.

Do you ever wish an angel would appear and say those three beautiful words we’ve heard said again and again to the characters in this great Story?

Do not fear, the angel said to Zechariah (Luke 1:13).
Do not fear, the angel said to Mary (Luke 1:30).
Do not fear, the angel said to Joseph (Matthew 1:20).

When our story takes an unanticipated turn, don’t we, too, need to know our God is near?

He is here, friends. He is our God with us, Emmanuel! Believe this. He is in the midst of our uncertainty and our hope. He is with us on the mountaintop and in the valley. We can trust Him. Do not be afraid.

Read the full devotion, An Angel Came to Joseph by Amanda Bible Williams.

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