Faith of a Simple Man


“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, but still a virgin. Would you believe that? Could you believe that? Can you hear the gossip? “Did you hear about Mary?” “Still a virgin. Yea, right.”

Joseph loved Mary but what she was saying was impossible. It would take a miracle. But…Joseph prayed as he considered these things.

“Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20

A simple man he may have been, but he knew the prophecy. He knew the word of God.

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

He believed God and he stood by Mary—the woman chosen to bear the Son of God.

Christmas has come. Do you believe? Do you believe a simple carpenter could be used to care for the Son of God and his mother? Quiet your heart and trust the word of God.

Miracles happened then and the miraculous is happening still. Joseph’s faith in God—his trust that God’s word was true, along with his obedience—helped change the world.

“When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.”
Matthew 1:24-25