Matthew 2:13-14 NKJV Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” (14) When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,
One night there was a banging on my door in the middle of the night, it turned out to be nothing. But it got my heart pumping and the adrenaline was flowing as I quickly yet cautiously investigated who was at the door. The fact that the person was wearing a motorcycle helmet only escalated my tension and got me ready to defend my family, but it turned out to be nothing but a new neighbor who had just got home from a ride and was trying to figure out who parked in their driveway. NOTE: I did instruct them of the danger in knocking on peoples doors in the middle of the night while wearing a full faced helmet.
But Joseph’s late night visit didn’t end with him going back to bed. He packed up his family and made haste to flee from their home to a foreign land instead. That had to have been a horrifying experience for all of them, yet Joseph had already learned to from his angelic visitation a few years prior to trust in the instructions or words from God. In addition, the wise men bearing expensive gifts had recently visited them leaving them with ample provision if they could safely avoid thieves along the way to their destination.
Joseph was led by the word of God through an angel, but we have a more sure word. We can be led by the written Word and the Word of God spoken to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The Word and the Spirit which always agree are a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps 119:105). Following them diligently and consistently through every aspect of our lives strengthens us to resist fear in the most difficult and scariest moments of life. Joseph had confidence that the words he heard from that angel were of God so he fearlessly traveled with his family in the middle of the night to a nation he did not know.
Like Joseph, we can fearlessly travel through life. We do so with a more sure confidence in His Holy Scripture (2Peter1:16-20) and in the intimate relationship we have with the Spirit of the Living God. His Word is trustworthy and His leading is sure. Fear Not!