December 27, 2023

Faithful

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream … ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt … stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him.’”—Matthew 2:14 NASB

Eugène-Alexis Girardet came from a family of Huguenots, including many noteworthy artists. Girardet, born in Paris, achieved fame as an artist at an early age. Then, following in the footsteps of family members, he traveled to northern Africa several times. There, he received intimate insight that resulted in paintings with the kind of authenticity that can only be gained from personal experience.

We sense this insight when studying his paintings on biblical subjects. Consider The Flight into Egypt. In this painting, Girardet sought to capture the journey of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus into Egypt where they had gone to escape Herod’s relentless pursuit. This painting helps us realize the risk, danger, and loneliness of this journey.

Mary rides on a donkey, holding baby Jesus while Joseph leans against his walking stick. In the background are faint images of pyramids. All around is sand—desolation. In his flesh, Joseph must have wondered how they would survive. Had he heard God’s voice? Would they see their homeland again?

As Joseph learned, it takes faith to believe God. As we obey, we can face unknowns and uncertainties and perhaps feel alone. But in every situation, we must continue to believe that God is faithful. If He has spoken, He will fulfill His promises.

Make sure you are faithful to follow God’s call no matter where this leads and no matter what He calls you to do. He is faithful.

Reflection Question: Where is God leading you that’s unfamiliar territory?

Prayer
Father, thank You for Your plan for my life. I commit all I have to You. Use me for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 2

Prayer
Father, thank You for Your plan for my life. I commit all I have to You. Use me for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 2