01 Dec Presence Devotional 4
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. — Matthew 1:24-25
Obedience is a simple thing. We hear from God. We obey. Yet, it is not that simple. We hear, and … often, well … we all struggle with obedience as followers of Christ. We forget God knows us, created us, and has a plan for our daily lives that is always woven into His greater master plan of redemption for all things. Every small thing God has for us – is a part of something greater – Him. Nothing God asks of us – whether to do or not to do something – is random, unimportant, or insignificant to us, the people around us, or Him. God helped Joseph see and believe and obey – with no “evidence”. Long before Joseph could see all the reasons he was to obey – God helped Him obey. May God help us “see” today – the greater plan and our Greater God – and obey.
Ask God to help you obey in that one area you have been struggling to obey. Ask Him to help you see the greater plan and Him as the Greater One who is only for your good. Ask Him now.
If you have children:
Have everyone tell a quick story (seriously quick) of a time you struggled to obey or didn’t. You go first! The point – we all struggle to obey – even parents. Laugh, connect, enjoy, and pray – God help us obey you today. Help us believe you have a plan that is bigger and greater than I can see.