Barbara Higby

The Angel & Joseph, again

The Angels of Christmas #5

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.”

An angel appeared to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, and said, “Do not be afraid.” The words challenge us to not fear the present, the unknown, being obedient, or God’s glory. In today’s fifth and final look at the angels of Christmas, those words are missing.

An angel appeared to Joseph, again, but didn’t speak the signature statement, “Do not be afraid.” His urgent message lacks that admonition when he says, “Get up!” He proceeds to tell Joseph to run to Egypt (of all places) because there is imminent danger. And Joseph did so, immediately.

“He got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.”

I miss the gentle coddling of “Do not be afraid,” but apparently Joseph didn’t need those words. Do I? Or do I just like the pause they give me—the time to assimilate, to prepare myself… to procrastinate?

In 2020, maybe you would like to join my personal challenge to “get up.” To simply do what God puts on my heart. To not consider what would make me afraid, but to respond even “during the night” when there’s not a clear path and my obedience isn’t sensible.

Do not be afraid of the future, my friends—don’t fear danger, threats, or an enemy army.

God is with you. He has a plan. His angels surround you. Your circumstances are under His control.

Quoted verses are from Matthew 2:13-15. Angel graphic from Roy Fields In presence of Angels, YouTube

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