Deacon Lincoln’s Log 12-29-13

“Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream…  He rose, took the child and his mother. “

Mt. 2:13f

Joseph is one of the greatest listeners of all time.

Scripture doesn’t record a word that Joseph spoke, but it does record his listening.

Joseph’s deep desire was to  keep his wife and newborn child safe.  The world around them was hostile.  Joseph knew the ruler of the world wanted the child dead.  He was displaced without family or friends to help.  He was poor and powerless. He didn’t have many options.  Powerful enemies surrounded him.

So Joseph listened.

He listened with one ear to heaven and one ear to the needs of his new family.  Joseph listened to the dangers around him.  Joseph listened with the ear of his heart.   He closed his mouth and opened his ears.

And God sent Joseph a message.

It wasn’t an easy message to accept.  He was to leave where he was and start over in a new place.  It would not be easy or safe.  There were no details, no long range plan.  Only a command to go.

And Joseph went.

His listening bore fruit in his action.

Joseph continued to listen.  As he struggled to root his family in new soil, he listened with one ear to heaven and one ear to the needs of his family.

And it happened again.  God sent Joseph a message.  Return!

Again, no details, no long range plan.

And Joseph went.

His listening bore fruit in his action.

Joseph is one of the greatest listeners of all time.  He listened deeply and he never stopped listening. He responded to God’s messages.  His listening heart shaped a life of holiness.

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

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