Friday, May 13, 2011

The Great Escape

Matthew 2:13-14
When they (the wise men) 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.”

Joseph’s world had really been turned upside down.  First Mary was pregnant out of wedlock, and even though Jesus was the Son of God, to many it must have looked like a cover up.    

Now after Jesus’ birth, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee the country and escape to Egypt.  He had no clue how long they would be there.     

This morning I was trying to imagine myself in Mary's place.  What must Mary have been thinking?  The angel appeared to Joseph – not her.  Do you think she was excited about getting up in the middle of the night and sliding out of town without one word to her relatives and friends?  She probably wasn’t too thrilled about leaving her home and possessions either.

If Jerry woke me up in the night and told me we had to leave town immediately, would I be able to make a decision to follow his leading?  I would hope so, but I will admit, I’m not much for sudden change.  

I know there are times when we must move quickly or we will deal with costly repercussions.   Just think of all the recent flood victims in our country.  If they had not gotten out of their homes, many would have lost their lives. 

I've always heard, "Delayed obedience is disobedience."   I know it's true, and I'm challenged by that phrase today.  I want to be one who hears God's voice and immediately responds. 

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