“The unfolding of Thy words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130, NASB
I knelt in prayer and briefly wished an angel could speak to me. Tell me what to do. Give the direction I longed for. Then I realized: I don’t need an angel to appear with a message. I have the Bible, in which God provides guidance to navigate through life. #Bible #Life Click To Tweet
Let me back up a little…
My prayer formed after I read Matthew’s account of Joseph, who contemplated how to handle his engagement to a pregnant young woman. Though Mary was a virgin impregnated by the Holy Spirit, it certainly looked like she was intimate with another man. She carried an infant in her womb, and who ever heard of pregnancy by the Spirit? The Law commanded stoning in many cases when a betrothed woman engaged in sexual relations prior to marriage. Scary. At the very least, it was shameful she was expecting a child before she and Joseph joined as husband and wife.
Sometimes life gets complicated.
I wonder if Joseph tossed and turned? Or did he just lay there awake—worried, troubled, and at a loss for what to do? Evidently, Joseph fell asleep because God spoke to him in a dream through an angel, who explained Joseph’s next steps. He woke up and obeyed.
Simple, right? Far from it. Joseph faced challenges in the days ahead, but he also experienced joy. His obedience to God contributed to the safe delivery of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of casting Mary aside, Joseph took her as his wife, protecting her in her vulnerable state. He stood with her, supported her, and chose to walk life’s journey with her. Together, Mary and Joseph welcomed their Savior, Jesus, with open hearts and arms. Together, they experienced Immanuel, God with us.And Jesus is with us still—this truth comforts me in the midst of life's complications. #GodIsWithUs #LifesComplications Click To Tweet
God reminded me of Matthew 1:23 and the meaning of Immanuel as I prayed, proving His Word “gives light … gives understanding” (Ps. 119:130). Our search for guidance can be satisfied on the Bible’s pages. God speaks to us, and the Holy Spirit reveals truth along with personal applications.
God’s interaction with me in perplexing times lifts my spirits. Like the balm of sunshine after a rainy season, the Lord’s loving touch cheers me as He wipes away my tears and renews me.
I don’t need an angel to appear. The Lord Himself is with me, and He speaks to me through His Word.
In Christ’s Love,