Christmas - Peace - Day 11

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, it is so easy during those times we get devastating news dropped on us to feel overwhelmed.  As we review this Scripture help us learn how to feel peace in spite of our situations. In Your name, amen.

Read: Matthew 1:20-25 NIV

 “But after he had considered 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 home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”

 

Reflect: 

Getting devastating news is always difficult to handle.  When my grandson was 18 months old, we got such news about his health. As a family, we had just celebrated a year of his being seizure free.  He had spent the first 8 months of his life having spells of multiple seizures.  Radical brain surgery was done to finally stop his seizures. We were so happy it worked. But then the other shoe dropped late that afternoon.  I remember it distinctly—I was driving home from work and got a call from my wife telling me the doctors had discovered a tumor on his right optic nerve and he would have to undergo 18 months of weekly chemo therapy.  I distinctly remember my reaction at getting the news—I hit the steering wheel and yelled, “Why God?”  It wasn’t an appropriate reaction, I know, but I felt devastated. 

 I am sure that similar feelings must have hit Joseph when he heard his fiancé was pregnant.  It had to be devastating news.  God did for Joseph what he did for our family.  He provided him a way to understand and handle the situation.  God, through His angel, revealed why Mary was pregnant, how it fit into His long-range plan, and what Joseph was to do about it.  This gave him peace and he immediately did what the Lord asked him to do.

 Listening to God when you get devastating news can give you peace.  I have to say it did for us when we were dealing with the 18 months of chemo for our grandson.  I won’t say there weren’t troubling and stressful times, but we could definitely feel God’s strength and comfort throughout that time.

 

Apply:  

When you get some troubling news in your life, let God speak: read God’s word, pray, and obey the Holy Spirit’s leading. This is the formula for handling difficult situations that come upon you.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord, we praise You for the way You provide the right guidance just at the time we need it. Remind us to seek the comfort and leading of Your Holy Spirit through prayer and Your Word in those times of troubling news.  In Your name, amen.

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Terry Schneider