God’s Word: Matthew 1
God’s Message: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Your family tree carries the history of your family but it doesn’t determine your destiny. Each generation makes its own choices—for good or ill. For the person who loves Me and looks to Me for guidance, even in their failures, I will make all things work together for good. The family tree of Jesus was not made up of perfect people. There were liars, cheaters, wife stealers, selfish people, and the whole gamut of sins. Jesus did not let his ancestry determine his destiny. He chose a destiny to live and die for others sake.
Joseph, the man I chose to be the husband of Mary, Jesus mother, was handpicked by Me, based upon the choices he made in life—not because of his heritage. He was a good man that I knew would care for and train Jesus in His growing up years. Joseph chose his destiny when he believed the angel I sent in a dream. The message he received was not an easy one to swallow. “His girlfriend was pregnant with a Spirit-conceived son.”
Rather than dismiss the dream, and Mary as his intended, he did just what the angel commanded him. He married Mary but did not consummate the marriage until after Jesus was born. Mary gave birth to Jesus as a virgin. The angel gave Joseph the name for the baby—“Jesus—meaning ‘God saves.’” Loved one—I orchestrated the writing of the Bible as the family tree of humanity. As you read and heed, you will come face to face with Jesus, My Son, sent to bring you salvation.
God’s Question: What destiny are you choosing for your life?
God’s Promise: To those who choose to align their destiny with My higher purposes for life—there is joy unspeakable and full of glory.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for giving us wisdom in choosing our destiny.
I am sorry that I often ignore Your wisdom and make foolish choices.
Thank You for Jesus’ forgiveness that covers the faults of my choices.
Help me to daily align my life with your purposes for living and live in victory, come what may.