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Advent Daily Devotional: December 13

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December 13 by Becky Smith

Reading: Matthew 1:18-19

Righteous
In the amazing story of Christ coming to the world as a baby, it is very important to see the blessing and value of Joseph being a righteous man. 

Often righteous is not a word used in describing a person in our day and age. “Being a righteous man” like the verse says indicates something that we should ponder more often. Because of this descriptor, Mary was kept safe and our Lord Jesus Christ continued in his coming to this world—to be Emmanuel, God with us.

We, like Joseph, are chosen by God. And God’s chosen servants, His people, should have characteristics like that of Joseph. With God’s help, he overlooked the human problem he encountered and chose not to condemn, but rather protect and support Mary. He chose to keep peace with her and acknowledge that God is working in his situation. As a chosen one of the Lord, we need to be like Joseph and live rightly, walking in the way of God’s Word, God’s commands, and God’s leadership.

It is so encouraging to know that when God chooses us as His own, He will also lead us and guide us to live in a way that will glorify and honor Him. When we trust in the Lord will lead us into His will for our lives; and the Lord’s will for us is the best thing for us.

Have you a story that you can share with your friends and family of how God helped you to see through a difficult situation and make the right decision that would honor the Lord and all others who were involved in the situation? There is great blessing and encouragement for others when you share those stories of God leading and guiding and caring for you and your life.

The Lord will illuminate our darkness and direct us, like He did for Joseph more than 2000 years ago.

Psalms 18:28-30 says, “For it is you (LORD) who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness…..This God—His way is perfect;...”

Let us exalt the Lord for His great light to illuminate our darkness...even our confusing situations and give us a clear path to walk on. And let us praise the Lord that Christ came to be that way for us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord God, that you speak to us in your Word and say, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Amen and amen.

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