On the Run – Matthew 2:13-15
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Do you think people used to be really light sleepers or something? You couldn’t wake me for love nor money! (Okay, maybe love)
Joseph has gone through a bit of an ordeal really. He discovers his betrothed is pregnant, then trusts her word on the miraculous conception and agreed to it when God came to him in a dream, so all is well, right?
Well, no, actually… now Joseph has to manage a bloodthirsty king who is after their newborn child. He doesn’t think twice.
Joseph and Mary go ‘on the run’ from King Herod and his search party. He was so sure of himself and God’s word, that he went into hiding with Mary to protect the promise of a Messiah. No questions asked, Joseph just does what God has asked of him.
How often do we barter with God about the things he asks us to do? I’ll put my hands up and admit that when He speaks I often have hesitations. Faith, being like a muscle, grows with exercise. Let’s make a pact, the next time we feel a God prompt – don’t hesitate, just do it. It’ll get easier every time you do it.