Devotional by Sandi Patty (2000)
“As he considered this, he fell asleep…” (New Living Translation)
As Joseph was considering what to do, he fell asleep. He “slept on it.” Literally! He gave himself time to make the right decision. While he was “sleeping on it,” the angel filled him in on the facts of the story that he was missing. He, like Mary, was seeing things from his own perspective, not God’s. The angel calmed his fears and said that God was in control.
There is so much to be gained by giving the proper time to ourselves in making an important decision. Very often we don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle at the beginning of a situation. The challenge is to “act” with an informed, level head. The temptation is to “re-act” out of panic and emotion to partial bits of information. Time is our friend. It allows God to reveal Himself and His will. It allows God to fill us in on the missing information, so that we can hear His words or truth. By hearing His words, then we act - we obey.
Excerpt from devotional Someday: A Book of Days
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