13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Again we see how the New Testament writers employed an Old Testament prophecy to point to Jesus as the Saviour. But what’s worth noting in this story is 1) Joseph wasn’t aware of Herod’s evil plan. 2) God told Joseph not only of the plot against Jesus’ life but also a way out. 3) Joseph left during that night. These couple of verses reveals that God is sovereign over everything and knows everything. The devil can plot evil plans against us, but God ultimately has the final say. In this case, it was not part of God’s story for Herod to fulfill his plan. God informed Joseph of the current situation and also told him what to do. God doesn’t leave us in the dark. He looks after his children.
Interesting enough is we don’t read how Joseph protested and or said ‘I will go in the morning’. He left immediately. Such an act requires an immense amount of faith. To put in into perspective, think back how long it took you to decide if you would move to China. He packed up that very same night and left with his newborn baby and wife to a new country. Based on these verses we can see God’s sovereignty over everything. We witness God’s provision for His children and at the same time, to walk according to God’s plans, it requires faith from our side (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- In what way have you experienced God’s provision in your life?
- Based on the above question, whom can you share or encourage your story with?
- Are there any situations God is asking you to place your faith in Him but you are struggling?
Take time to praise today. If you’ve got a phone and headphones, carve out time today to listen to worship music, or a song that helps you to connect with God. Start and end your regular routine with praise (remember, you don’t have to sing out loud!).