13 Now when they had returned, an angel of the Lord appeared (appears) to Joseph in a dream saying: “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to seek the Child to kill Him.”
Once again we see that the Lord God uses a dream as the method of communication. This time it is for the appearance of the angel of the Lord to Joseph, with a life changing directive.
The life of Joseph and Mary had already undergone a radically transformation. Now another one was required.
They were not to return home because of the threats of Herod to kill Jesus.
This must have been dramatic news. God was calling on them to have a complete change of life, and a complete change of location in which to live, a totally different country with a very different cultural background.
God was telling them to become refugees and to seek asylum in a foreign country, immigrants in a land unknown to them, strangers amongst a people of a different culture and faith.
We can only imagine the loneliness of being cut off from their families and the difficulties of being able to provide for their own financial and material needs. However, whatever God calls us into He will always provide the means to sustain us in body, mind and spirit. Paul tells us:
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4.19 (NLT)
Joseph and Mary were going to have to live in the reality of this promise.
God called Abraham to leave his father’s house and country and go to a country that He would reveal to him. Abraham obeyed, and God blessed him and increased his wealth. In short, God looked after Abraham as he set off for a destination he did not know.
The paths He calls us to walk on are ways where His provisions are given for achieving His will. As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life – 2 Peter 1.3 (NLT).
These are words that should spur us on to have faith in His direction for our life, and at His direction to abandon what we may have been involved with so far.