COURTESY WITHOUT OBEDIENCE

Tuesday: 19th March, 2019

Reference text: Matthew 1:16, 18-21,24

Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

The story of Joseph, his intended marriage to Mary and plans for a secret dissolution are once again seen in the Gospel text. Like the request for Abraham to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering, regardless of one’s level of faith, this account surely has a place among the list of challenging decisions any person could be asked to make.

Joseph however made its execution so smooth, with an ease and prompt obedience to the instruction he received that it leaves us in awe. As I read this, I imagined how it feels when our instructions and guidance are not followed. The disappointment we feel when the things we want done are not carried out as we want. It is even more painful if an entirely different choice is made when our opinion was sought prior to the making of those choices decisions.

As human, even though I haven’t encountered many people, I know how this feels so I imagine how much of that God experiences. With our attitudes and desire to have our own way, it is as though with a heavy heart God says to us: ‘Why do you ask for my opinion when you won’t follow? Why ask what I want to say when your mind is already made up. You walk up to me apparently seeking my advice but only do so because you want to be courteous.’

That is for our consideration today, to ponder on the question:’ of what use is our courtesy towards God if there is no obedience?’

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