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“But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,  “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead” (Matthew 2:19-20)).

The two-fold purpose of the Lord was revealed.  Out of slavery and into the promise of the land flowing with milk and honey.  The death of the tyrant, but not the cessation of the sinfulness for the world.  This child in Joseph’s care was and is the One who will take the sin of the world on His shoulders.  Leading the way was a humble man who listened to the Lord and did as He was told.

I sometimes forget to see how much of the Gospel tells us about those who listened and obeyed.  Scripture also tells us about the many who did not obey the word of the Lord.  It comes down to trusting the Lord despite circumstances and to know that He will lead us through this world of sin.  The Lord knows all Your days and He knows the plans He has for you.  Come under the arms of the Savior and learn how to listen and obey.

Lord Jesus, when You were a child, you needed to be protected by Your faithful earthly father.  Be my protector and shepherd my faith so that I may walk with You through all that will come my way.  According to Your mercy and goodness, shield my mind so that I may learn to trust where You are leading me.  You are the One who must finish this faith You have given me, my Lord and Savior.  Amen.