“Do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”
Until this declaration by the angel, Joseph was ashamed, afraid, and apologetic. He was ashamed because of the apparent embarrassment into which he had been plunged; he was afraid to go through with the solemn vows previously made; he was apologetic in trying to explain away the great mistake; and he resolved to divorce her quietly. “But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared” (v. 20). This made all the difference.
When God manifestly reveals that a certain thing or procedure is of the Holy Spirit, there are only three things to be done:
Stand fast. “Take to you Mary your wife.” In other words, stand by all your original vows and decisions. Shun fear. “Do not be afraid.” Whatever man may or may not say must not distract or distress. Show faith. “That … is of the Holy Spirit.”
Demonstrate without apology that Christ is in and with you.
Lord, You have spoken; give me grace to obey. Amen.