Day 26 – Thursday 03-18

Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

          When we are faced with an important decision, especially one that concerns the will of God, He will always guide us.  It may not be an Angel or a burning bush, but the message is there if we choose to listen, and quiet our hearts so we may hear it.

          Holy God, we sometimes find it difficult to do Your will.  Teach us to hear your will in our hearts, and allow us to have the faith required to follow when we cannot see what lies ahead; to do what we might not understand, because You ask us to do so…