Be Anxious for Nothing.
The Lord knows our thoughts.
Psalm 139: 2 reads, “You understand my thought afar off.”
Not only does the Lord know our thoughts, our ideas and plans, he can speak to us through dreams about things we have only pondered in thought to give us wisdom and direction.
If you have been anxious about anything you will find encouragement from this short read from Matthew 1 which shows us that the Lord cares about every detail and longs to calm all our fears.
God does not want us anxious for anything.
Woven within the events around the birth of Jesus which we enjoy reading about when we celebrate our Messiah’s birth are the most illuminating details about our intentionally relational God.
Matthew 1:19 tells us that Joseph to whom Mary was engaged was a righteous man.
Upon finding out about Mary’s pregnancy he did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
He had in mind to divorce her quietly.
This was his plan. His private plan. Something he was considering to do.
The next verse reads, “but while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife…” (Matthew 1:20 NKJV)
Not only does the angel appear in Joseph’s dream to address Joseph’s thought, ..his plan, idea, consideration, the angel also speaks to address the emotion attached to Joseph’s thoughts.
In the case of Joseph, fear.
The angel said to him, “do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife…”
Philippians 4:6 reads, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When we are anxious, the Lord knows it.
He is involved in all the details of our lives.
Even when just like Joseph, we are afraid of things that we do not want anyone to know about.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph he revealed:
Comfort - “do not be afraid...” (Verse 20)
Revelation – the angel told Joseph that “Mary’s conception is from the Holy Spirit and that she will give birth to a son” - (Verse 20)
Information – “You are to name him Jesus (Yeshua).” (Verse 21)
Purpose – “the one to be born will save people from their sin.” (Verse 21)
Reason – “this is to fulfil prophecy.” (Verse 23)
The specific elements of all that was revealed to Joseph comforted his fear.
When he woke up Joseph took Mary as his wife and did all that the angel had commanded.
What are you anxious about today?
Psalm 139, goes on to say in verse 23, “Search me, God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
Pray and ask the Father for wisdom and direction.
He is willing to give us this and so much more.
You can ask for comfort, revelation, information, purpose and reason for all that is anxious within you. May the Lord comfort you with his love.
More scripture about God knowing our thoughts and plans
Matthew 9:4, Luke 5:22, Matthew 6:25, Genesis 11:1-9, Micah 2:1