When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” – Matt. 2:13 NIV
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The journey to destiny remains a tortious one with all its dangers seen and mostly unseen. Most people decide to proceed on this journey believing that they can achieve destiny goals without some form of direction from someone who knows. To know the way is to know the right decision to take on when and where to start and stop, what to do and what not to do and generally what to avoid and what to hold on to. The fact remains that the bulk of factors affecting life activities are unseen and there is no argument as to the great effect that the unseen have on the seen in the lives of men.
Some people however accept that they will need some form of help in knowing how to run their race of life but the challenge remains who to entrust with that responsibility. There may be several options available to one who seeks the help of another for guidance in order to achieve success in life but there is no doubt that the best guide anyone can get and who must be relied upon must the one that created the destiny path in the first place and so is most aware of the obstacles that may show up. He only knows those battles that you must fight that will support your journey in life and the ones you must avoid as they are of no value, if anything, they can be very discouraging to life.
The Almighty God it was that decided that the children of Israel should move to a land flowing with milk and honey – Ex. 3:7-10. He it was that determined the appropriate time for that journey to commence ( Ex. 11:1 – 12:50), and more importantly, He it was that decided that they should go through a longer route because He was aware of the danger ahead on the shorter route – Ex. 13:17-18. But for their acts if dis-obedience and distrust, they would have arrived destination safely without any loss. He only sees the end from the beginning – Is. 46:10.
It is with this awareness that Joseph and Mary, the earthly parents of Jesus Christ decided to leave everything with regards to direction of their lives and the life of their son to Him and He did not disappoint them. They had been found worthy by the Lord to be the route into the world of the Lamb of the Almighty God and they were not going to allow the world to destroy that destiny due to their own ignorance. They must have taken the decision to seek the view of the Lord in all that they were going to do early in life, so they successfully navigated the physical and spiritual threats to their achieving destiny goals. Commencing with the willingness of Joseph to believe and accept what he was told in a dream, there was a clear indication that all he was going to do to lead his family will be based on what the Almighty God communicated to him. The willingness of Mary to go along with him on this decision was also not in doubt as there was never any record of her disagreement with any of the decisions of Joseph.
The Almighty God Himself revealed his reliability as He provided regular updates of His instructions to them. Unknown to them in particular but to all the participants in that event aside from the one that was planning the evil, King Herod had completed plans to kill their baby but their decision not to think twice over the communication Joseph got in a dream saved the baby. The scripture for today’s devotion reveals that it was this communication from the Lord that made them know of the danger the baby was in. It also gave additional instructions on where to go and for how long they were to be away for. It was that same communication that revealed to them when they were to return. They promptly obeyed all instructions with no arguments and the benefit of hindsight will make them see what that simple directive saved them and the whole world from.
There are many destinies today that have been tampered with because parents did not realise that they needed the directives of the Almighty God to preserve the destiny of their children, especially at the time when he/she is unable to protect him/her self. The result is a life of pain and distress because of that naivety or ignorance displayed at those times just as many lives are still been consistently messed up because the owners of such lives are yet to realise that they need God for direction in order to achieve destiny goals.
God may have earmarked good things to happen in your life as it is with several lives but lack of proper direction opened you up to the opposition that life itself brings. That is no one’s fault aside from yourself. No matter how wise you may be, there will many things that have the potential to derail divine plans for your life and your not seeing them does not make them non-existent. Open up communication channels with the one sees all things and permit him to guide you through life as that remains the only way you can live your life planned. Any other route will be leading your life in with eyes closed and in darkness. Such is destined for failure irrespective of how long it may takes. May God continue to be a lamp to light our paths so we can fulfil His destiny plans for our lives in Jesus name. Amen.