In A Minute: Famous Christmas Words
Joseph, son of David, fear not. Matthew 1:20
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." Matthew 1:20 (NIV)
What captures my immediate attention about this Scripture is the fact that Joseph is called by name. I love it when God makes things so up close and personal. At moments like this, He does not feel out of reach. He feels very near, like the comforting voice of a friend.
It seems from the context that Joseph was struggling with trying to decide what to do about his wedding plans. It was no doubt heartbreaking for him to learn that his betrothed was pregnant and, yet she was denying any infidelity.
The angel’s message to him was to not to fear doing the hard thing. He was to proceed with the marriage to Mary. The angel’s voice brought words of encouragement to Joseph. What he had not seen or understood was now made clearer to him. He also had a sense of his role in this amazing story. He was given the honor of naming the child!
God wants to encourage us also. We often fear doing the difficult thing such as asking the boss for a raise, disciplining a disobedient child, asking that special person to marry you, going back to school to learn a new skill, starting a ministry, beginning anew after a divorce or widowhood, or moving to a new state.
Whatever challenging or difficult assignment is before you, know that God wants to take the fear away. He wants to give you confidence to move forward. You can move courageously because when God calls you by name, He stands before you watching each step you take.
But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 NLT