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The Patience of Joseph

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The Patience of Joseph (From Matthew 1)

The patience of Joseph is often overlooked in the nativity narrative. Before Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph had to first accept their unique calls. To father and mother the Messiah was an exclusive task, so wrestling in advance of God’s plan had meaningful implications. We can only speculate what Mary was thinking as Gabriel announced her favoring. If Mary did have any doubt in her ability to nurture the King of Kings, she had enough belief within to say what she needed to: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:42, NKJV)

Joseph’s struggle, conversely, is more apparent. Perhaps Joseph possessed greater unbelief. Perhaps trust hadn’t been solidified in his relationship with Mary. Perhaps his skepticism centered more on his incapacity to deal with other people’s thoughts. Whatever the case, we can be assured that Joseph loved Mary, as he sought to guard news of her pregnancy. If Joseph did have any bel…