And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. Matthew 2:13 (KJV)
Joseph and Mary worked together to protect Jesus from Herod. Before then, Joseph and Mary worked together not to disrupt God’s divine process (Matthew 1:25)
From conception, God did not sideline Joseph in the divine process of birthing and raising Jesus. God carried him along as the adoptive or earthly father. It shows us that Fathers play an equally important role as mothers in a child’s development. There should be no competition between parents.
Mary was the first to receive the prophecy about Jesus. Yet, she humbled herself and submitted to her husband’s directions. She allowed Joseph to lead. Once she got married to Joseph, God led the family through Joseph. It does not mean that God does not speak to the wife in marriage. It means that God is not the author of confusion. God wants harmony in the home, and submitting to one another in marriage protects children in the home.
When I disagree with my spouse’s view on any issue, I have learned that proving or arguing that my view is the right option does not always yield good results. Thus, I have become more intentional about winning arguments in prayer. I do not pray that my spouse should make his decisions based on my views. I pray that God will give him the wisdom to make the right decision for the family. It yields positive results for the family.
Would you like to become a member of God’s family? Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.
Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen
Welcome to God’s family!
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Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.
As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.
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