A post from several years ago about letting God guide you.
19But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:19-23
I think I can completely get what Joseph must have been feeling during all of this. Life was crazy for him. These angels kept appearing to him in dreams and telling him different things to do. First one shows up and tells him that his fiancée is pregnant and it is conceived by the Holy Spirit. Then an angel tells him to go toEgypt, and then tells him to come back. Then lastly an angel tells him to settle in a different region ofIsrael. I wonder if Joseph was ready to just stop having dreams at this point.
This year my life has been crazy. My theme song for the year is Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. It seems that God is leading me from one door that is closed to another one that is opened several times each day. I have said many times already that I am not in control of where my life is going this year. I can sense it. God is writing something amazing this year and it is exciting, because I know that He is going to use all of this for His glory, at the same time though it is unnerving and scary. I have already fought God on some of these decisions just a month into the year. It is very hard for me to give up control of the pen of my life. It is probably harder for me to give up control of the course of my life, than it is for me to allow someone to change the channel when watching an OU football game. I like to be in charge of my life. I am giving up more and more of it each day though. It has been a struggle.
Knowing how hard this has been for me is why I am so amazed at Joseph’s response in this passage. In this passage, just as in the previous two dream occurrences, Joseph immediately obeys what God tells him. The text shows no hesitation in his move to action. This quick compliance shows to me just how faithful of a man Joseph was. There is not one time that scripture shows him questioning God. I wish I could say the same for my life.
Today I encourage you to leave His footprints by giving up control of your life and quickly obeying when God calls to you.