**Please be sure to read all around this passage so that you are getting it in context; and as always, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the understanding that He would have you see. Passage: Matthew 2:19-23
Joseph is once again visited in a dream by an angel and given direction. Seemed to be very clear instructions, but it looks as though he struggled with following direction because of fear. The angel tells him to go back to the land of Israel, but he learns that Herods son is now in charge and in fear does not want to enter Judea. He is again warned in a dream to now go to Galilee. There they started to live in a town called Nazareth. This was again a fulfillment of prophecy which said he would be a Nazarene.
How often do I turn from clear instruction in God's Word, when I become fearful of the consequences? How often do you? Often with 20/20 hindsight we can look back and say to ourselves...why was I so afraid? I recently had a situation where I was asking for a "promotion" at work. I pursued it with a lot of vigor. I stressed over whether or not my manager was "trying to hold me back". This lasted for about a week and a half, and then one morning it just dawned on me that I had never put the situation into God's hands. I immediately prayed a prayer asking for forgiveness for not giving the situation to Him sooner. Then I asked Him to take control of this promotion, get it or not, so that I could move on with my life. I instantly felt the stress leave me and I knew that whether or not I got the promotion, it was in God's hands and I could relax knowing that the right thing would happen. What an amazing relief to know that we have a God in Heaven that loves us enough to be involved in our lives on a personal basis. I highly recommend that the next time you experience some stressful situation in your life, if you can't find clear direction in God's Word as to which way you should go, just give the situation to Him and let the stress disappear.
You see, you CAN have peace whether or not things go the way you want. I had peace knowing that if I didn't get the promotion, it was God's Will that I didn't get it. Does that make sense? God's will is perfect. He sees a future I cannot even guess at. I can only live in the moment, but He can see what is best for me even before it happens. So, if I ask for His Will to be done, I can know that it WILL be done. He has made that promise. Then I can relax knowing that the right thing has or will happen. How do I know that if I really pushed in this situation that maybe I would get it, but then I would fail in the new position in some way and lose my job or my reputation. I don't know these things, but God does....do you see?
Rest and live in peace by giving things in your life over to God's Will.
Thank you for leading in my life. Please help me to be a good sheep and respond to the prodding of your "shepherd's rod". You do seek to be a part in my life and to lead in it...with only my best interest in mind. Help me to allow you to do that good work.
Please protect my family and friends this week. Please be with the young pregnant woman on life-support that Carol told me about. Heal her Lord if it is your will, and may it bring great glory to your name. Be with my son and help him to open up even more. Help me to train him in your ways as best I can. I am struggling with how to show him who You are...please guide me in that. Please be with Barry and bring him home safely. Please be with Carissa and Cora and bring them home safely. Please be with Dr. Lee G's bible study ministry...what an amazing approach to learning from Your word...and what a blessing. It is my prayer that his ministry will expand in this time of need.
Thank you for all that YOU, the Supreme Provider, give to me and my family. We are so blessed and I am very thankful. Thank you for your love for me. Take my will Lord, this week, and may my thoughts, words, and actions glorify you. Amen.