We will likely hear the story of Mary and Joseph many times during this season of the year. But have you ever paused to consider how Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, changed his mind? Here’s the scripture…
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother, Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying ’Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a so Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins… Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife… -Matthew 1:18-24
Joseph was a Godly man and was headed in a direction that he sensed was God’s will for his life. BUT he heard from God! God often spoke through dreams during those days. (He certainly can do so today, but I believe his primary way is through scripture.) It’s vital that we acknowledge that God has the authority to change our direction. But we must be willing to listen like Joseph did. What if he hadn’t? What if we don’t? Put yourself in a position to always hear from God and allow him to “interrupt” your life at any point to align with His will.
IS GOD CHANGING YOUR MIND? Maybe God is changing your mind during this holiday season? It could be…
About a family issue?
About a job change that would require you to move your family?
About a new ministry in the church or community?
About forgiving a family member?
About finances—perhaps even the tithe?
I have never regretted obeying God’s will for my life. I have regretted delaying God’s will or disobeying. The greatest gift we can give Jesus is to trust and obey. As the song goes, for there’s no other way to be happy, but to trust and obey.