A few words on today’s lesson:
When we look at the life of Joseph, especially in the context of today’s lesson, we see a man who suffered betrayal and injustice. We see a man who has endured some very difficult situations and remained faithful to God. When he came face to face with those who had wronged him, instead of being proud and boastful, he extended mercy and forgiveness. Even more so, he sought an opportunity to bless them. He does this because he understands that his pain was part of God’s plan and purpose.
We would do well to apply this lesson to our own lives. Every increase, blessing, and promotion comes from the Father above. These things are not for our selfish enjoyment, but for the Father’s glory. We best glorify God when we show kindness and compassion to those we consider to be undeserving. We best glorify God when we look for opportunities to be a blessing to others. We best glorify God when we extend love and forgiveness to others. And we best glorify Him when we step outside of self and show concern for our fellow man.
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All over the world today, millions of people are celebrating the Christmas holiday. We would be amiss if we did not take time to speak a word of encouragement on the day we celebrate the birth of Christ.
The lives of Mary, Joseph, King Herod, the shepherds, and the wise men were interrupted when Christ came into this world. Surely, they all had their own personal plans for their night, even for their lives. However, all this changed when the God-Man stepped out of eternity, wrapped Himself in flesh, and entered our finite world in the form of a helpless, newborn babe.
Mary and Joseph were betrothed to be married. King Herod was ruling his kingdom. The shepherds were watching the sheep. The wise men were studying in a far away land. And then their lives were interrupted…
Interruptions are not a bad thing. Interruptions are God’s way of directing us to Him, just as He did to all those involved in the story of the Birth of Christ. Mary and Joseph were interrupted with a new life’s purpose. King Herod rule was interrupted with the thought that he would not rule forever. The shepherds were interrupted with directions to come and witness the birth of their Savior. The wise men were interrupted with a desire to seek the King of Kings and to present gifts to Him.
Whatever “interruptions” you are encountering in your life, remember, it may be a simple attempt on God’s part to direct or re-direct you to Himself.