18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Joseph had a choice when he discovered Mary was pregnant. He could publicly divorce Mary, which would have led to Mary being stoned. Or, he could try to divorce Mary quietly.
Then, God gives Joseph a third option: Go through with the wedding.
Matthew 1:20-21 says, “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’”
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
Notice that marrying Mary wasn’t on Joseph’s mind until the angel showed up. That is understandable, this just was not done. One writer outs it like this "In their culture, marrying Mary required more faith than getting a divorce."
Like Joseph, we will face decisions that challenge our faith. We’ll find ourselves in situations where obeying God will make us look a little unwise, irrational, maybe even foolish.
When that happens, remember God’s words from Isaiah 55:8-9, "as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
“What’s easy is not always right. And what’s right is not always easy.”
When we ask God to show us the way, He does. Sometimes, He affirms what we’re already thinking. But other times, as He did with Joseph, God leads us to a faith-filled option we never knew was possible. So, BE OPEN!