19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f]because he will save his people from their sins.’ Mat 1:19-21
1 Cor 2:14 teaches us that “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit”. As Joseph was contemplating everything that was happening around him, he was obviously disappointed that his soon-to-be wife was now pregnant. He very nearly made the wrong decision for his life because he was processing things in the natural realm. Thank God that the Angel of the Lord broke in and helped Joseph see the supernatural and what God was up to. Too many people make the wrong decisions in life because they fail to see beyond what their little minds can process. They fail to engage with the Spirit to see what God is doing.
Remember God woks in very unconventional ways. In the Bible, we read that he told a guy to go before a cruel king and perform miracles by throwing his rod on the floor. God gave a little boy confidence to face a fully armed and scary giant with just a sling and a stone. This is the God who told a prophet to marry a prostitute. Any of these could have missed God if they only stuck to their common sense at that defining moment. Of course our common sense is from God and is what we rely on the bulk of the time. But at those moments when God chooses to defy it in order to show that He is God and to do what only he can do, don’t miss him at that moment.
The story of Christmas teaches us that God does wonders in ways we don’t expect and shows us examples of those who did not miss God at those defining moments of their life. May we be just like them. Alert, prayerful, obedient, supernatural!