JANUARY 12 | MATTHEW 2:13-23
Chose to Walk Your Path
by Judy Webb
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.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 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.” (Matthew 2:13-15)
Every day, we must make the choice to seek God, obey God, and please God. Every day, we make the choice to honor and glorify God. That’s what it means to walk in God’s will. When we spend the first or last hour of our day, reading our Bible and discovering how to apply it to our daily life, we are walking in God’s will.
We make plans for our days, or our tomorrows, or for a year from now. But God’s plan, his will for us, is constant. He has plans for every minute of our day. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
God had plans for Jesus too, plans that he would not allow to be thwarted. He sent an angel to Joseph in a dream, warning him to leave and flee to Egypt. Jesus’ life was in danger. As one commentary put it, “from infancy the threat of death hung over our Lord. It is apparent that He was born to die, but only at the appointed time.”
We each have an appointed time, and a mission to complete to further his kingdom. That is His will for us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19a) This same commentary also noted: Anyone who walks in God’s will is immortal until his work is done. So, maybe if we are still alive and breathing we still have work to do.
Dear Jesus, show us your will and teach us how to accomplish this will daily. Every opportunity we have to share about the Good News is the perfect way to do this. Give us courage to do it.