When Mary’s time came to deliver baby Jesus Joseph couldn’t provide a place for his wife. He must have felt like a failure. As a loving husband he wanted the best for Mary. He did everything in his power to bless her and protect her yet there was no decent place for him to take her. The inn was full.
Joseph must have felt embarrassed, humiliated, ashamed, confused. What kind of husband can’t even provide a decent place for his wife and new-born son?
I know a little how Joseph felt. I have tried so many times to bring good things to many people, yet often my efforts are in vain. I have started many bible studies, support groups and prayer groups. Many times no one came. Yet, I continued to pray, alone. Often times the building I had to use was not in a good location. Several times the facility was old and run down. Sometimes I have been told the room I was using was needed by another group, I acquiesced. One Sunday when I was pastoring no one came to the morning service but one man. I rejoiced that I had one person to preach to.
Have you ever felt forsaken, alone, forgotten, humiliated, insignificant? Then you too can share with Joseph in his humiliation and despair. You too can say that you understand how it feels to be broken and lost. God knows your situation, He cares.
Joseph couldn’t understand why God allowed his wife to give birth among hay, fleas and the racket of animal noises. He could not understand that he was in the very will of God. God knew what Joseph was going through. He wanted Joseph and Mary in a cave with animals. He wanted the world to know that this beautiful king of kings was to be born in the lowest of all circumstances. He was too beautiful for the world. Only innocent animals and a few shepherds were worthy enough to be near this beloved child.
The next time you feel humiliated by your circumstances pause a moment and remember Joseph. You too can say “Joseph, I know how you felt.”
Friend, you are not alone. You are sharing with Joseph, Mary and Jesus in their humility and suffering. No, you are not alone. You are truly loved by your Heavenly Father. He sees. He knows.