by: Marty Paluch
While there are a number of Josephs in the Bible, two are familiar standouts – Coat-of–many-colors Joseph and Father-of-Jesus Joseph. Separated by over sixteen centuries, their stories are linked by faith in a God who at times made no sense to them and who may often make no sense to us. And to misquote a little Shakespeare, “therein lies the rub.”
In some ways trying to understand God’s thinking is like trying to understand how your spouse’s logic is in any way logical. Our faith in our spouse’s logic is usually only strengthened when the results turn out for the good. It doesn’t work that way with God.
Neither of our Bible Josephs could fully appreciate the ultimate outcome of God’s reasoning. Through a dream one was told his family would bow down in reverence to him and consequently trafficked by his brothers and enslaved for thirteen years. The other was told in a dream to marry a pregnant teenager and endure the harsh social stigma to follow. We know from Scripture how the stories of these two Joes ended. God delivered salvation in both stories.
As Christ followers, we have the benefit of living on the other side of Jesus’ story. Yet, we often struggle to keep the faith when life doesn’t go our way. But, that was then, this is now, right? No, now is still then. The struggles in our faith are no different on this side of the cross. Our time frame for blessing, for healing, for refreshment or for resolution seldom syncs with God's.
God’s Holy Spirit strengthens our faith as we immerse ourselves in Word and Sacrament. We are called to trust God to make all things right at just the right time. He always has and He always will.
And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife, and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25
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Thanks for the encouragement. It's difficult in these days of 'have it now!' to pause and remember our timing is so different from God's.