Saturday, 8th September, 2018
Reference text: Matthew :1:1-16,18-23
Matthew 1:20 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.
In the Gospel text for today, Joseph finds himself in a difficult situation and has to spend some time ‘pondering’ about the predicament he had found himself in: the young virgin bethrothed to him was pregnant. It was in the middle of all this contemplation, on breaking the union without causing any shame to her lady, that the angel of the Lord visited him.
One picture that stands out from the story is this: ‘When the believer begins to sincerely ‘ponder’, God steps into the picture to ensure the contemplation or pondering does not become worry’.
That is the point many of us get wrong- we seem to ignore the thin line that needs to be drawn between these two. When one ponders, one seeks a solution; a way to handle a difficult issue. However, worry does the the very opposite.
It tends to focus solely on exaggerating the hopelessness of a situation with no real intention of finding results. Sweetheart, a worrying believer is one more prone to not seeing the actual working of God in their lives because they are too busy ‘worrying’.
Remember # although thin, there is a line between contemplation and worrying, so watch out.