“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.”
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Matthew 1:1-25 Bible in a Year:
AUDIO VERSIONGOD HAS A PLANOne of the many things to appreciate about the book of Matthew is how straight to the point Matthew is, and he makes it plain and simple.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18)
In today's Bible verse, we have two faithful individuals doing all they can to honor God, yet the plan has changed even in their faithfulness.
God had something better in mind for Mary and Joseph because He used them to bring Jesus into this world! God will lead us in all kinds of directions.
You have most likely started making plans for Christmas with your family. Holiday plans will often involve decisions about where and when to get together.
Like us planning for the holidays, they made a plan for their engagement, wedding, and future together.
They planned accordingly what to expect, but they did not expect Mary to become pregnant with the Savior of the World! They had a plan, but then God changed their plans.
Sometimes we make our plans without even considering God at all; other times, our plans make sense to us with what we think God wants to do in our lives. But, if we have not consulted with God about our plans, He may have something bigger and better in mind for us.
“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)
When God changes our plans, His plans and purposes are always greater than ours. When we submit our plans to Him, He will turn those into blessings we could never hope for or imagine.
“Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)
James says it is good to make plans but realize that God has the final word. The right attitude always keeps your plans submitted to God.
Tomorrow when you get up in the morning and have your quiet time, say, "God, what do You want to do with this day?"
When interruptions come, remember that God is in control. It will dramatically lower the frustration level in your life as you remember it is not all up to you.
God might change your plans today; will you be faithful to Him?
Do you need Prayer? We are here to pray with you.
“Heavenly Father, I thank You for the plan You had for me when You created me. You have given me a choice, and that choice has come through Jesus’ birth. I am so thankful I heard the plan of salvation. I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In this is life and life more abundantly. How blessed I am to know You and to be Your child and have Jesus in my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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