Gifts of the Nativity: Faith

What did Mary’s betrothed find out about her before the wedding?
What did he plan to do about it?
What happened to change his mind?
Joseph is described as a just man in the Scriptures, but this decision also reveals him as a man of faith.
Faith, according to the Bible, is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Joseph took it on faith the dream he had was real and not the result of something he ate. Joseph took it on faith that Mary had been faithful to him and had not been with another man.
Joseph had no physical evidence to prove the baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He had nothing tangible to defend his reputation in the community by going through with a wedding to a seemingly tainted bride. Joseph’s gift of faith, in Mary and God, made the way for baby Jesus to have an earthly father.
Have others stepped out in faith for you? How?
Did you recognize their faith as a gift?
When have you faithfully obeyed God when it made no sense to you?
Did you find Him to be faithful?
Thank Him for the gift of faith.
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