January 2 Night Planner

Photo by Aaron Burden

Photo by Aaron Burden

Genesis 3:1-4:26;  Matthew 2:13-3:6;  Psalm 2:1-12;  Proverbs 1:7-9

We’re familiar with ‘Day Planners.’  Especially at the beginning of a New Year–their pages are crisp and white….

Well…nowadays such ‘day planners’ are more likely just a swipe away on our mobile devices.  But they do the same thing–they provide a place to record appointments, highlight to-do lists, etc.  They help us navigate our days.

Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father was more acquainted ‘night planners.’  His appointments came in the form of dreams generated by the Lord God.

Divine appointments meant to save the life of God’s Son and his earthly parents.

Joseph didn’t ignore the planner’s entries given to him as he slept.  He sprang into action and followed God’s lead.

Night Planner Entry :  “Rise, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”  Matthew 2:13

Night Planner Entry:  “But when Herod died, behold and angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to Israel.”  Matthew 2:20

Night Planner Entry:  “being warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee.  And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth.”  Matthew 2:22-23

Dreams led Joseph, Mary and Jesus to safety.

And the God behind those dreams still leads us today.

We can be assured that God’s dreams for us include His utmost care for our safety–physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  He guides us through His Holy Word and by His Spirit!

Lord God, thank you for the story of Joseph and the dreams you gave him; for his obedience and faithfulness to you.  Thank you for your daily guidance in our lives.  May we eagerly obey and follow your directions in all we say and do.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.


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