Joseph’s story doesn’t take up much space on the pages of Scripture. In fact, the bulk of his story is told in Matthew 1 and 2. Aside from a few other mentions in the other gospel accounts, Matthew carries the greatest detail regarding Joseph’s role in the birth of Jesus.
Although the words of his story may be brief, the impact of Joseph’s story is profound.
Joseph has four miraculous encounters within a period of a few years. Let’s take a look at them:
- An angel appears to Joseph in a dream telling him about Mary’s miraculous conception along with informing him what Joseph is to name the baby (Matt. 1:20-21)
- Another angel appears to Joseph in a dream telling him to flee Bethlehem for Egypt because King Herod wanted to kill Jesus (Matt. 2:13)
- Yet another angel appears to Joseph in a dream instructing him to leave Egypt and head for Israel (Matt. 2:19-20)
- His final dream-and-angel-encounter warned Joseph not to go to Judea but instead withdraw to Galilee (Matt. 2:21-23)
Does a tiny part of you envy Joseph? I mean, who wouldn’t want an angel to show up in your dreams with specific and detailed instructions about your life…am I right?!
We may joke about our Joseph jealousy, but the underlying theme we see in all these instruction-filled dreams is this: obedience.
What We Learn From Joseph
Joseph was immediately and consistently obedient.
Imagine if an angel showed up in your dreams and told you to do something absolutely wild, would you do it?
Joseph did; and he demonstrated incredible trust in and obedience to the Lord. It’s inspiring and convicting to wonder if we would have the same response.
On an even grander scale, here’s what is absolutely beautiful about Joseph’s obedience: it furthered God’s Kingdom. His obedience helped fulfill the prophecies about Jesus (Matt. 1:22-25; 2:14-15, 23) and as a result he received the blessing of seeing God at work right before his own eyes.
Friends, when you are obedient, you get to be a part of Kingdom work. It may not look how you expected it to, but that’s okay. Because being obedient isn’t about a great material reward. It’s about the fruit that is developed in you and for the Kingdom.
So choose obedience today, friend, and watch how God uses you to further His Kingdom.