What Jesus Did! 'This One Always Obeys' — Matthew 2:14-15

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

[After being warned in a dream to go to Egypt,] that night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod's death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: "I called my Son out of Egypt."
— Matthew 2:14-15 NLT

Key Thought

God moves in mysterious ways and uses common people to do his work and accomplish his will. The connection between an Old Testament reference and its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus depended on Joseph's doing what God asked him to do in the middle of the night. While we know so very little about Joseph, one thing we do know: When God asked him to do the unthinkable, the crazy, and the unheard of, he didn't argue or hesitate; he obeyed — not just once, but repeatedly (Matthew 1:24, 2:19-21). I don't know about you, but I hope that I can have the courage and faith to be that bold and obedient!

Today's Prayer

Give me courage and faith, O Lord, to trust and obey as Joseph did. Humble me gently, dear Father, until my pride gives way to one truth: "No matter what God asks, this one always obeys." Father, I make this request in the name of Jesus, who lived and died to be obedient to your will and save me from my sins. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 14:15-23
  • Titus 3:3-5
  • 1 Samuel 15:22-23


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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