MATTHEW 2:13-18 (NIV)
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.” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
The last we heard of the angels, they were singing glory to God, joining with the shepherds and heavenly host to declare “Good News of great joy, that shall be for all people.” (Luke 2:10) The angels had been heavenly messengers of life-changing, earth-shattering, glorious news. But with this moment, the glory of a newborn king takes a dramatic and terrifying shift as the provision of an angelic visit collides with the pain of earth. In an instant, the prophecy of Simeon’s sword becomes reality for Mary & Joseph.
Gracious God, thank you for revealing your goodness, provision, and faithfulness in the middle of our darkest moments. You are unchanging. You are faithful. But our belief in you waivers as we struggle in the disorientation of chaos. Forgive us, Lord, for spending one moment doubting your absolute love made real in your divine leading. You love us more than we know. And you love the people we love more than we do. By your power, give us the absolute trust in your goodness to act whenever you ask, without hesitation, and with joy as we freely follow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Do you have a tendency (like me) to evaluate and argue before you act in trust of God? What might be holding you back from a deeper trust in God’s goodness on the darkest night? (Doubt, trauma, grief, fear, bitterness . . . which tend to cause us to grab for control.) What might it feel like for you to blindly trust God’s provision, even on your darkest day? My guess is, God wants nothing more than the kind of relief and freedom for you that following brings.
For the Awakening,