Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In Other Words--Just Obey


“You’ve stood where Joseph stood. Caught between what God says and what makes sense. You’ve done what he told you to do only to wonder if it was him speaking in the first place.” … “If you are asking what Joseph asked, let me urge you to do what Joseph did. Obey. That’s what he did. He obeyed. He obeyed when the angel called. He obeyed when Mary explained. He obeyed when God sent.”

Max Lucado from “Joseph’s Prayer” in The Heart of Christmas
Isn't is amazing. Joseph's obedience. He didn't stop to argue. He didn't whine, or declare his disbelief as Zacharia did when the Angel came to him. He didn't say, "Ok, but...." He simply, quietly did what he was told.

Joseph's heart was open to everything God desired of him. All those times when the Angel appeared to him, he obeyed completely. He had faith, a more enormous faith than I can imagine. A faith that believed when he could not see or understand. He just did what God wanted him to do.

It sounds so simple, and it is so very hard.

Lord, make me more like Joseph. Help my unbelief!

O, Come, O, Come Emmanuel!

12 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

Absolutely beautiful post, Sioux.
Susan

MiPa said...

"It sounds so simple, and it is so very hard." This is why I love Joseph so. He was willing to do the hard thing with simple trust. Thank you for joining us today at IOW.

Annie said...

What a wonderful way to start my morning. St. Joseph is my personal Saint. I've loved him since my childhood and have a statue that my second grade nun/teacher gave me. He's a bit worn but he is my favorite. I've bookmarked this page so I can visit again, this post, from time to time. Love, Annie

christinnjon said...

The simplest truths are the most profound, aren't they? Good word.
-Christin

Denise said...

Very lovely post.

Laurie Ann said...

Beautiful post, beautiful picture, too!

Jim said...

Very pretty words from M.L.
You are right, obey the Word of God.
If we believe the Bible is God's word then that is just as demanding a call as the one delivered by an angel.
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Diane@Diane's Place said...

I know I fall far short of being as obedient as Joseph and need some improvement in that area of my Christian life.

Wonderful devotion, Sioux. :o)

Merry Christmas, my friend. Hope you have a joyous holiday season.

Much Love,

Diane

Toni said...

Beautiful. you are so enjoying this season.

Barbara said...

So true. Great post. Barbara

gautami tripathy said...

Beautiful post.

Long time I have been here. You deserve that butterfly blog award.

jamie {rose cottage} said...

Exactly. Obeying is simple, yet so difficult sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

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