Matthew 1:18-20, “18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 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 ”.
In this day and age there are a lot of voices speaking, but none as important as the voice of the Lord.
The Scriptures speaks of Joseph (Mary’s husband to be) as a righteous man not wanting to make a public display of his love (Mary). He was willing to protect and provide for her needs at this confusing time. At first Joseph didn’t understand it all, but his actions were dictated by his integrity and his love for his fiancé. Although Joseph did these noble things he still lacked in one area, he had not heard from the Lord yet. The angel Gabriel had spoken to Mary at this point, but not to Joseph (Luke 1:26-38). Mary is spoken of often in the Christmas story, but Joseph seems to be given a lesser role, a backseat role in the birth of Christ. Yet God is looking for men of God to hear from the Lord.
In Matthew 2:13, Joseph hears from God to take his family into Egypt because Herod would try and kill Christ. Thank God Joseph wasn’t too busy to hear and obey God or we would all have been in trouble because our Savior would have died before His time. Of course God would not have let that happen, but yet God worked through fallible humans to accomplish His will. Again in Matthew 2:19-21, we find God speaking to Joseph about leading his family back to Israel, because God knows where He wants you. Sadly though many men believe God and church are for women only, and that they are to work and bring home the bacon. Yet from Scripture, before Joseph and Mary were married God spoke to both of them, and after they were married God spoke to Joseph, not Mary, concerning the leadership of their family. God desperately desires men He can speak to, to lead their families in the way the Author of the family designed it.
God said, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30). Where are the Christian men building up, and standing in the gap for their families? Statistically if 100 children profess Christ, 3.5 families will be added to your church; if 100 women profess Christ, 17 families will be added, but if 100 men come to the Lord, 93 families will be added! God saves both men and women, desiring they both to hear and obey Him. But God is calling for men to spiritually lead their families, however without waiting on Him how can a man obey this?
Application: Men are you more emotionally focused on your job, or your family? Yes you are to be the breadwinner, provider, but remember jobs come and go, you are replaceable at work, but your family only has one husband, one dad. If you die your job will fill your role, but your family won’t. Listen to the voice of God, so you can spiritually lead your family, because this God will hold you accountable for. Women, give your spouse room to lead, pray diligently for him, because as a man and husband I know WE NEED your prayers. Women make sure that you too are hearing from the Lord. And may you together bring your children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Here is practical help for family devotional time. Blessings Pastor Phil