Following His Direction


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Sighing, I sat down on my bed. “I’m doing the right thing, the respectable thing,” I spoke out into the empty room. “I won’t make this public; I’ll turn her away, but I won’t place more judgement upon her.”

I laid down on my bed and closed my eyes. “I’m doing the right thing,” I thought to myself as I fell into a deep sleep.

That night, Joseph’s plans changed. Instead of walking away from his relationship with Mary, He followed God’s direction and married her.

How often do our plans change according to God’s direction? We plan on doing one thing, and then God places us on a completely different and unseen path? These changes of direction may not make sense to our personal plans and agendas because in our minds, we know what needs to be done to give us the life we should have.

Joseph loved Mary, but he knew (in his human mind) the best thing he could do for her was to let her go. But God didn’t need Joseph to let her go; God needed Joseph to love and care for the woman He chose to bear His son.

Isaiah 55:8-9 states, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” There are going to be times in our lives where we have to make difficult decisions. However, when those times come, it is important that we follow God’s leading and not our own. God has a reason and design for all of the uncertain places our life will take us. For it is in these uncertain places, God’s glory is revealed.

When Joseph woke up the next morning, he had a choice: obey and trust the voice of the Lord or walk away.

I sat up on my bed contemplating everything God revealed to me. It didn’t make a lot of sense, but I trusted God’s judgement and His promise. “Okay, Lord,” I sighed in complete resolution. “I will take her as my wife.”

I stood up and prepared for my day. Knowing that, no matter what happened, I was obeying the voice of the Lord and following the path He designed for me.

Reflection

1. Is God asking you to do something that doesn’t make sense?

2. If so, what can you do to trust God more as you follow His direction?

3. How can you see this change as an opportunity to glorify God?

Prayer

Abba, Sometimes, Your plans for my life don’t make sense. I understand that You have a purpose for all things, but I don’t always understand Your reasoning. Abba, help me to trust You as I follow Your path for me in faith. Abba, help me to be like Joseph and choose Your path over my plans. I know You only want what is best for me. I will trust You in all thing, even if I don’t understand. Thank you for Joseph’s example of true faith. I love You, Abba. Amen

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