20 saying: “Get, up and take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel. for those seeking to take the life of the Child have died.”
21 Therefore, he took the Child and His mother and went into the land of Israel.
Israel = he shall be a prince of God
There was a sense of urgency in the angels command. It may have been good to take refuge in a foreign land, but it was still just that ‘a foreign land’. The urgency may have been a reminder of the night of the first Passover, when God miraculously delivered the Israelites from the angel of death in Egypt, and led them out into the wilderness to begin their epic journey to the Promised Land.
Now Joseph was to lead his small family to make the same journey, but in far less time.
There are those times when there is an urgency for us to commence the work that God calls us to, when our response needs to be immediate. God has His timing, and when He says ‘Now’ we must act in the faith of His words.
Are we ready for the excitement of having Jesus come to us with the words: ‘Get up, its time to go’? When He does then get ready to rise to His call.
There are those times in our life when He comes to us with the words:
For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? – Isaiah 43.19 (NLT).
Joseph’s faith to obey comes from his listening to the angel of the Lord. He had ears that heard and a heart that loved to obey.
God has given spiritual receptors to us so that we can listen to Him. These receptors include dreams, visions, a word of Scripture, someone bringing us a word of knowledge, a revelation by the Holy Spirit, angelic visitations etc. All are ways in which Jesus communicates His will for us. We can rejoice in the blessing that our loving heavenly Father continues to speak to us in various ways. As we conform to His ways we shall know more and more of His gracious will for us.
Let us be ready to hear God and to respond quickly.