Matthew 1:22-25 (ESV)
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Lord, Your plan is so amazing. For thousands of years before Jesus was born, You already had planned exactly how He would come into the world, what His name would be, and what He would for mankind to save us from our sins. Your timing is not our timing—what seems like a very long time to us is but a blink of Your eye. Help us to understand and remember this in our own lives. When we call on You and feel that You are slow to answer, remind us that we are on human time, and You are on eternal time. Guide us to be like Joseph—doing all that You want us to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.