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I Trust God, and He Trusts Me!

January 24, 2012

A few weeks ago we found ourselves in the midst of the Christmas Season.  During my devotions I read about the birth of our Lord, and this passage really leapt off the page at me:

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: when as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with Child of the Holy Ghost.  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.  But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him…” (Matthew 1:18-20, KJV)

Now Joseph found himself engaged to a pregnant woman, and it seems he had three choices: 1) have her arrested and tried and most likely executed for fornication; 2) lie and say the child was his; 3) privately divorce her and let her live with her parents.  Joseph had chosen to spare her life and retain his integrity, which was also the option that furthered God’s sovereign plan.  After the right decision was made, God revealed His plan to Joseph.

But how did God know Joseph would make the right decision?  Obviously, God knows the future, but we still have human will and are free to make whatever decisions we want.  But this story tells me that God trusted Joseph enough to let him make a tough decision.  Sometimes when we’re faced with difficulty we ask questions like “why is this happening?”, or “how am I going to make it through this?”.  We want God to plainly show us the way and tell us which decisions will be best.  But God is doing something much better.  He’s saying “I trust you to make the decisions that best suit My plans.”

Remember as you face the perils of life and you’re confused and uncertain about the direction to take, God is saying “I trust you to do the right thing.”

Be blessed,

Battlefield Priest

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