After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to look for the child to kill him.” Then he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and went to Egypt. He stayed there until Herod died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”
~Angel of the Lord, Matthew 2:13-15
An angel of God spoke to Joseph in a dream warning him about danger. We could learn a lot from Joseph’s actions. As soon as he heard from God he obeyed. Joseph did not even wait for daylight, he left during the night.
It is important to take Joseph’s example. When we hear from God our next action should be to do what He says.
Our hope for you today is that God’s desire will be your desire and that you do not delay in your obedience to Him.
The reformer Martin Luther wrote “Why, Herod, Unrelenting Foe” which is the Hymn that accompanies today’s Christmas devotion. Herod had his eyes on earthly pursuits and failed to lift his eyes heavenward. All kingdoms of this world eventually disappear but the Kingdom of God remains. It seems to us that we ought to make sure our heavenly citizenship is secure!
Why, Herod, unrelenting foe!
Doth Christ the Lord’s birth move thee so?
He doth no earthly kingdom crave;
Who unto us heav’n’s kingdom gave.
The star before the wise men goes,
This light to them the true Light shows;
They, by the three gifts which they bring,
Declare this Child: God, Man, and King.
He was baptized in Jordan’s flood,
The holy, heavenly Lamb of God,
And He, who did no sin, thereby
Cleansed us from all iniquity!
And now a miracle is done:
Six water pots are there of stone,
Christ speaks the word with power divine–
The water changes into wine.
All honor, praise to Thee be paid,
O Christ, born of the virgin maid,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Till time in endless time be lost.
With much love, The Downings