2. You will see God’s provision
Matthew 2:11 says, “And going into the house, [the wise men] say the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” There’s a little saying that if it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill.
In this narrative, we see how God provided. The wise men traversed through political and economic hardships to bring great treasures to Jesus. Joseph and Mary were obedient and God provided supernaturally.
A couple years ago as we took a step of faith to plant our second church in Ellsworth, Maine, we didn’t have anything. We needed a building for our church services and also wanted to start Hope Homes. We looked to God for the miraculous. Around that same time, a business owner heard what we wanted to do and generously gave us a warehouse for the church and two apartments rent-free for three years so we could do the Lord’s work. You won’t get a miracle until you need one, so step out of the boat and watch God do the impossible.
3. You might have a desert experience
Matthew 2:13 says, “Now when [the wise men] had departed, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘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.’”
Here we see the Holy Spirit led Joseph and his family into the wilderness, and not just any wilderness, He led them to Egypt. And as you may know, they weren’t fond of Egypt, but Joseph was obedient. I often wonder what Joseph was thinking when he took his wife and child (whom wasn’t his) and waited in the wilderness. Did he ever begin to think he got the short end of the stick? The wilderness experiences we go through are not meant to hurt us, but to strengthen us. If you find yourself in the desert like Joseph and Mary did, know all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). In fact, later in that chapter we read that Herod sent out a death decree to kill all male babies. The desert place actually was a good place and a place of safety.
When I launched my first church in Bangor Maine, I was in a kind of desert place. I remember being so discontented with everything, I was actually thinking of throwing in the towel. I thought God forgot about me, as I was wasting away selling cars on the car lot for a living, when all I wanted to do was preach the gospel. But in one day my whole life changed, when Brian Bolt flew out and we dreamed together about bringing CityReach to this part of the country – and from there, the rest is history.