I have met many Christians with some “wild” stories of miracles, visions, prophecies, and other things that God has done. For several years I just kind of rolled my eyes and thought “nut case”.
Such is the way I was raised and taught in church. I have learned and experienced something quite different since that time.
Joseph had such a mindset as me.
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. Matt 1:18-19
I don’t believe Joseph believed Mary’s story of being visited by an angel named Gabriel or being with child by the Spirit of God.
If he had believed he would not have sought to rid himself of her and break the engagement.
I think it is those times when you doubt what someone has said about God, you have two choices – go your way and forget about it or think, meditate, and pray about what you have heard.
It is in the greatest time of unbelief that God reveals Himself and turns doubt to faith; unbelief to belief.
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'”
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. Matt 1:20-25
Joseph did not just walk away and forget about it. He considered what Mary had told him.
What Mary had told him was true and God revealed that truth to him.
Too often Christians close their minds and eyes to what God is able to do. Too often it is thought impossible, improbable, and improper.
I was that Christian but there came the day when I considered, meditated, and prayed about the things I had heard and God answered.