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RETURN TO NAZARETH

JANUARY 13, Matthew 2:18-21 


Joseph’s family departed just in time. Soon Herod became exceedingly angry and had all Jewish children two years and under killed. Hoping baby Jesus would be killed in that mass murder, Herod did not know Jesus had escaped to Egypt where he was under the care of God almighty.


As with even the greatest of kings, Herod died. In fact, Herod was not even any great king for he was placed as king by the Roman empire to help rule over the Jews. In any case, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and instructed Joseph to return to the land of Israel as it was now safe.


God always protects His own. We see in this passage how He guided and guarded Joseph. As He guarded Joseph, so will He help you in your troubles. This reminds me of the story of “Footprints in the Sand”. Have you heard this?


One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”


Thought: God is a shelter in the time of storm.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for this wonderful reminder that You will never leave or forsake me. I know that if I keep close to You, You will protect me and keep me. In Jesus’ name, amen.