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Matthew 2 - Change of Plan

Compass

Plans and Goals are an important part of our development. Whether it's plans and goals for our individual lives, families or money... it is more important to remember that God had a plan for us before we were born(Jeremiah 1:5)

Having never heard an audio version of God’s voice before or met Him via a dream, I've sometimes found it hard to know what He want's from me. Nevertheless, I always try to consult Him on decisions and ask Him for direction.

 

The other day I found myself getting upset because I was asking God for clear guidance along with specific instructions on a particular issue I had. All I seemed to be getting back were mixed messages leading to more and more confusion.

Having read on countless occasions of God revealing His will to different people in the Bible, I started to wonder if there was something wrong with me.


As I look back, I think God had been showing me for a while, but because the answer didn’t fall in line with my plans I dismissed it time and time again.
It didn’t matter that I had made a decision 10 years ago to follow Him then... now He was asking me to change direction with Him and question suddenly became, will I follow Him now? and Am I willing to stick to the plan even though it goes against what I want?

Matthew 2:13-14
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.


This wasn’t the first time God had spoken to Joseph. His journey of hearing and listen to God started back in Matthew 1.

He was obedient the first time God spoke to him (through an angel). He had chosen despite his inability to perhaps explain his decision to others, the gossip his decision may ignite or the life long responsibility he was accepting; to do what God had told him. 
Joseph being Jewish, would have known from the scriptures that something like this was destined to happen. Isaiah said it “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).


He just never expected it to be happening to him.
This knowledge was vital as it allowed him to have something to match his dream against, as he had to make sure that this was God speaking and not something else. 1 John 4:1
Despite all the change this was about to bring to his life he embraced God’s plan for him and his family.

By the time we get to chapter 2, a lot of things are happening that Joseph is completely oblivious to. It takes God to come to him again to give him the heads up regarding the danger that his new family is about to be in. God gives him the plan and he is left with trusting that God is going to provide him with everything he and his family are about to need for their travel and stay in Egypt.

God may have been asking you to accept something life changing or unexplainable through an impression on your mind or a recurring thought for some time.
First things first - does it match up with the principles in bible? If so then what are you waiting for? Yes, it most probably is about to take you completely out of your comfort zone but on reflection, it would have been the best thing you could have ever done.
Don’t worry about the finer details. Once God is leading you He’ll make sure to give you everything you need.

Journal Time!

What changes maybe necessary for your abundant life. Is there anything that needs time to 'die' before you can start your new life?

 

Ask God to give you a willing heart. Acknowlwge that change is not always easy and ask God to help be acceptant to the change that He wants to bring to your life. Knowing that in the end the outcome will be great.

 

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