image courtesy of The Nativity Story
Have you ever thought how Joseph must have felt through the Christmas story (Matthew 1:18-25)? Here he is engaged to be married to a teenage girl, and she turns up pregnant. A virgin birth was no more believable to him than it would be now.
He may not have had the wonders of modern science, but he must have known how babies were created. How devastating this must have been for him. The Bible says Joseph was a righteous man, so he wanted to do what is right, but there was also a disgrace that went with his fiance being pregnant. We get a hint of this shame as the Jews slap the remark to Jesus insinuating that he was an illegitimate child (John 8:41).
In God’s mercy, He sends Joseph an angel to encourage him that Mary was telling the truth and she was carrying the Christ-child. We need to remember this. In our own wisdom, the things of God will not make sense to us. We need to go to Him to allow Jesus to interpret our life circumstances. Only then will we have the wisdom to make it through life.
This Christmas, whatever circumstance you are going through, take it to Jesus. Allow Him to interpret it for you. The truth of any circumstance is only what Jesus says is true about it. We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).