Truth Trumps Reason

Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as you wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:19-20 NRSV

The only logical and honorable thing to do in Joseph’s situation was to break off his engagement to Mary, and then wait until the whole thing just blows over. He was right. His plan was reasonable, and seemed best for all involved. The only problem was that his plan was not God’s plan.MP900386058[1]

Logic and reason have a way of leading people down dangerous, and sometime self-destructive paths. That’s especially true when decisions are made without all the facts.

Joseph didn’t have all the facts. Had he gone ahead, his decision would have robbed him of the chance to play a key role in God’s plan of salvation. That’s why the angel came to him, and instructed him in what he was to do.

Wisely, Joseph listened and obeyed. That turned his dilemma into an amazing opportunity to parent God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.

MP900444298[1] I try to be a reasonable person too. I believe that carefully laid plans are the best plans. But I know from experience that God’s truth has a way of breaking through my logic and giving me a new perspective on things. At times God has used the truths of Scripture to completely change what I do and where I go.

Now I know that logic and reason are good, but faithful believers honor and live out God’s revealed word. Take a few minutes today to compare your plans to the principles laid out in Scripture. Then, when truth calls you to take a road less traveled, be sure to respond like Joseph did. That will make all the difference!

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