24 When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord told him. He took his wife, 25 but did not have marital relations with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named Jesus.
Matthew 1:24-25 NET
By every right, Joseph could have divorced Mary, the mother of Jesus. She wasn’t his wife yet (Jewish engagement was different), and she was saying she was pregnant through the Holy Spirit! Yeah right!
Which man ever would believe that? In everyone’s thinking, this marriage was starting off on the right track. And, understandably, Joseph was going to divorce her!
But then God intervened! God, through an angel in a dream, confirmed that Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit and not to be afraid to take her as his wife.
And so Joseph did. He was obedient!
The Lord looks for those who would be obedient to His Word. The Bible is filled with men and women who were obedient to the Lord. The Lord used them for His glory and to further His purposes here on the Earth.
The Bible is NOT filled with men and women who were disobedient and selfish, people who God spoke to, through a dream, prophet, etc.. They chose to do things their way and not impact eternity.
There are examples of disobedience in the Bible, but they are there for our instruction and as an example of what not to do.
God honors obedience. He has given us His Word and lets us choose. Choose to obey and see how God uses you!
Lord, help me to obey Your Word and what You desire. Sometimes it is hard because my mind, flesh and the world’s ways get in the way. But You promised to help me. Give me the faith that I need to bring you glory.