The Outcast: Joseph’s Story

Others finding out that Mary, Joseph’s future wife, was pregnant – would have affected his life in a dramatic way. Joseph was a carpenter, so it’s not like he was one of the social elite of his day. He was a humble man. Still, it would affect how others saw him. This would undoubtedly place a bigger target on his back than ever before. We can only speculate at what Joseph felt as he went through this period of finding out that Mary was pregnant with the Messiah.

God’s plans are greater than our own. He chooses avenues we wouldn’t. We can rest assured that God will take care of us. We need only to trust Him, follow His leading, and focus on the eternal. Joseph, likely an outcast, was a man of integrity. He would put the protection of Mary and the God-child over protecting himself – one reason why God might have chose to use Joseph in the first place. The Message puts it this way:

Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things
quietly so Mary would not be disgraced (1:19).

Joseph wanted to protect Mary from such disgrace. God had a much bigger plan, for both of these individuals who sought to obey God. God would protect them and their son – the Messiah. God’s plan won out in the end, and is still being carried out to this day.

In Matthew, we are reminded that Joseph didn’t have to fear that the child came about by the Holy Spirit and not because Mary was unfaithful. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins (1:21).” In this, the prophesy would be fulfilled. Seems a bit messy, but God’s hand is all over it. His eternal plans win over everything else.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Have you ever wanted to protect a loved one?
  2. Can you sense God’s own protection over your life?
  3. When we endure a certain circumstance, how can we trust God to work it out for His ultimate good?

Thank You Lord that Your eternal plans always win. Our “outcast” status doesn’t matter as much as Your plans winning over everything else. Your grace and love cover us in every life situation, as long as we stay faithful to You.

See Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 7:14