Matthew 2:19-22 “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, ‘Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the child’s life are dead.’  So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judah in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there.  Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee.”

Observation: Joseph had originally fled with his family into Egypt in response to a dream, and now he was returning to Israel because of a second dream. Then, remarkably, he had yet a third dream from which he received still further specific direction.

Application: God’s method of communicating with Joseph is fascinating . . . and convicting to the point of near jealousy. I think it would be wonderful to just fall asleep and hear God give me such specific instruction for my own life. 

There were other dreamers in the Bible, too, and each holds similar compelling attractiveness. Of course, miracles such as this cause the heart to burn with desire for more of God, and the temptation is to say, “I want one of those in my life, Lord!” 

But the fact is, my life is already a miracle of His love. He does speak to me. He guides me through His word and through the godly example set by believers all around me. I wonder how much more I might hear His voice tomorrow if I fully responded to Him today? 

What’s really intriguing about Joseph isn’t that God consistently conveyed such clear instruction to Joseph or even the method of conveyance. Rather, the convicting thing about all this is that apparently earlier in his life Joseph disciplined himself to hear God’s voice. God had tested Joseph before and taught Joseph the importance of full and quick obedience in less profound matters of life. When the time came to entrust His own Son’s life to an earthly father for a few years, God knew He could count on Joseph because his ears were already attuned to heaven.

Prayer: Lord, teach me to listen, and to obey as Joseph did.