God used Joseph’s obedience in bringing about the coming of the Savior of the world. There’s no way Joseph could have grasped fully the historical, theological, and eternal implications of his obedience to the angel’s command to marry Mary and assume legal fatherhood of Jesus. Likewise, there’s simply no way for us to grasp fully the historical, theological, and eternal implications of our day-by-day obedience to God’s Word. Just because he obeyed God’s command, Joseph wasn’t guaranteed a pain-free, easy life. Quite the opposite. But by obeying God’s call, Joseph took his place in God’s great story of His glory as a partner with God and not a foe (like Herod, Caiaphas, and many others). Our limitations are no limitation for the God who works mightily in the margins of society to display His power and grace.
What limitations and weaknesses do you think keep you from being used by God? How does Joseph’s story inspire you to trust God with the results of your day-to-day obedience?