Focal passages: Matthew 1:18-25
Have you ever thought you had everything planned out and at the last minute everything changed? When I was young, I loved cars and through a mutual friend was able to attend a NASCAR race at Bristol. The plan was for me to talk with Robert Yates, the owner of the Davey Allison car #28 after the race about working for the team.
After the race, Robert and I were eating, and right before we were to discuss my employment, one of his crew members turned the tool box over trying to exit the race track. To make things worse, as he tried to move forward, numerous tires began to fall out of the back of the truck.
I remember that event so clearly because in one moment all my plans completely changed. We picked up tools and tires, but never got the opportunity to talk about the job.
I can remember being so disappointed. Little did I know God had something better in store for me.
Has something similar to that ever happen to you? You are going in one direction, but God has other plans. We see in our lesson that Joseph had plans. He and Mary were soon to be married, but when he found out that she was pregnant he was going to break off the marriage.
However, God intervened and told him that Mary had been faithful and the child within her was from the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-25).
When Joseph woke up, he obeyed God, and when the baby was born they named him Jesus. Could you imagine if Joseph refused to obey God? What if he was determined to follow his own plans?
Thankfully, he did not and through his obedience we all benefit from God’s plan. Joseph’s life is a great reminder that if we are not careful, we can miss out on God’s best. As I look back on my life, I am so grateful God changed my plans that day at the race track.
I still like cars, but nothing is greater than preaching the gospel!