Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Matthew 1:18-25)
Today's Morsel: Do you like to take risk? Some times life can put us into some risky situations. When the economy began to bottom out, many people risked whether to leave their money in the bank or take it out; to refinance their homes or leave them as is. Each time we take a flight or get into our cars to drive, we are taking a risk. Some risks we know, while others we never even consider. Joseph was taking a big risk with taking Mary to be his wife being already pregnant. How in the world would he be able to tell people that they did not commit fornication before their marriage. How would he be able to explain that this girl is with child and he had nothing to do with it. This was a big risk for him. His reputation as a carpenter and even a godly man in his community was at stake. The only way this could be pulled off was that Joseph, like Mary, had to have had a strong relationship with the Lord. Their strong relationships with the Lord was essential in order for them to hear the message from the angel of the Lord that this thing was being done by the Lord Himself. Under Jewish law, both Mary and Joseph could have been stoned. But Joseph was willing to take the risk and make Mary his wife in the face of being stoned, being talked about, being rejected, and even being labored a sinner. What about you, would you have taken this risk for God? When God chooses you to be a part of His plan, you don't have to worry about the risk nor what others will think or say about of you. He will make the way.
Sing: I'll say yes, Lord, yes, to Your will and to Your way, I'll say yes, Lord, yes, I will trust You and obey; when Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I'll agree, and my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.