Reading: Matthew 1
After the angel’s visit, verse 24 says, “And Joseph arose from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife.”
Joseph immediately obeyed. He AROSE and DID.
I wish I could tell you I’m like Joseph. But when the Lord calls me to step out in faith, sometimes I don’t always arise. Sometimes I become paralyzed by fear, processing the information, considering my course.
Can you relate?
Thankfully, Matthew chapter one gives us hope by showing us the way. When God reveals His will, our response is to arise! Get up! And when we arise, DO.
So what did Joseph DO? The very thing he used to fear! In verse 20 the angel says, “…do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” In verse 24 we see Joseph did exactly that. He took her as his wife. He didn’t allow fear to become an obstacle. He didn’t delay.
Are you stuck in any of these things?
- Paralyzed by fear
- Processing the information
- Planning your course
The way out of all these quagmires is the same: Arise and do. Do what? Obey God. Immediately.
Consider: How does immediate obedience give us victory over these stall tactics? And what are we missing out on by remaining stuck in paralysis, processing, and planning?
(Planning isn’t necessarily wrong. Sometimes planning is good, right, and wise. But planning our obedience isn’t really obedience, is it?)
Next time I’m going to dig into what enabled Joseph to take such bold action. (It’s right there in chapter one!)
Let’s chat! What’s your battle…Paralyzed by fear? Processing the situation (being passive instead of taking action)? Or putting off following God because you’re forming a plan to obey? Share below!