Monday: 28th December, 2020

Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

It sounds hard to believe that there was a point in time when Jesus, the son of God, the word made flesh had to be taken into hiding just to preserve his life. We might have expected that for someone his status and calibre, God would have orchestrated things a little differently but that is not what we see. Besides this being a fulfilment of prophecies given from long ago, it is also a reminder that the word truly did become flesh!.

The events described in today’s text only serve as a point of reference to the reality that there are certain moments in our lives when we are vulnerable, open to attacks. We find ourselves in indefensible positions, possibly flanked on all sides by enemies against whom we might stand no chance on our own.

These are the times when we need ‘a Joseph’ in our lives. Someone who will literally be present and under divine instruction and inspiration, ensure that we are preserved. This might not always be in matters of life or death, but even in our careers, education, relationships and social circles. God was able to preserve Jesus, but there was no way the infant Jesus by himself stood a chance against the sword of Herod drawn against Him, He needed Joseph in those moments.

I pray you find ‘a Joseph’ in your life when you need them.


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