Living by Faith
But while [Joseph] thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20
We would love to know more about the personal lives of biblical characters. Take Joseph, for instance—the earthly father of the Son of God.
How spiritually mature was Joseph? Was he a faithful Jew—a worshiper of the God of Israel? It appears he was, given his response to the very unusual situation he was in. His betrothed, Mary, was pregnant and his first response was to divorce her respectfully (Matthew 1:19). But the greater test came when an angel from God appeared to him in a dream and counseled him to stay with Mary, to marry her, and to become the father of her child. Joseph “did as the angel of the Lord commanded” (Matthew 1:24). Joseph was a living example of walking by faith, not by sight.
Submitting to God by faith is the ultimate test of faithfulness. Like Joseph, “do not be afraid” to take God at His Word.
To bring our minds under Christ’s yoke is not to deny our rationality but to submit to His revelation. John R. W. Stott
Matthew 1:18-25, The Predicted King