Matthew 1:18-21 says, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.” “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Joseph was a man who loved God and followed His ways. He was a man of faith and great character. I couldn’t imagine being in Joseph’s shoes, living in the times that he lived in, being engaged to a woman who was now pregnant. Despite his feelings, Joseph decided to stay with Mary. This decision shows us that Joseph was a man with great character.
We’ve all been told things that we don’t like. But how do we react to those truths when they are told? Do we get angry at the person who spoke to us, shunning them or do we show them grace? God expects us to show the offending party grace. God expects us to show a situation or a person’s circumstances that we don’t understand grace as well.
I remember growing up, my papaw used to say to me, “Skinny, you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.” I used to just laugh at him and shrug my shoulders when he’d get onto me for flying off with my mouth about someone. But now that he is gone, I find myself repeating his statement of truth in my mind any time someone upsets me or a situation upsets me. The truth is, we can’t catch people for God and win them to Christ if we are not showing them grace.
Joseph showed Mary grace, even when he didn’t understand the situation. Instead of shaming her to the community and making her and her unborn child to live in shame, he decided to extend love to them. Joseph could have walked away, but he trusted in God even though he didn’t understand. Do we do the same thing today or do we walk away?
Trusting in God when we don’t understand can sometimes make us feel like we are walking around blindly. Even though we may feel that way, we are never truly blindly walking around if we have God on our side. God will never allow us to walk blindly onto a path. Instead, God will allow us to walk onto the unknown path with just a little bit of faith and a whole lot of trust in Him.