The Dilemma: Faithful to the Cause of Christmas, Part 4

by | Apr 14, 2020 | Christmas, Faithful to the Cause of Christmas, Faithfulness, Trust

The inhabitants of the Chanel Islands had a huge dilemma. The Nazis were heading straight for them, and Great Britain had decided not to defend Jersey and Guernsey. The cost of life would be exorbitant! However, Great Britain offered the Islanders the opportunity to evacuate to the United Kingdom. Sadly, as the Nazis were but a few days away, the inhabitants had but 24 hours to make a decision.

Most of them didn’t know what would be best. Should they stay or should they evacuate? It shouldn’t be too hard to live with the Germans…Or maybe it would be hard… However, they didn’t want to leave their possessions behind. They would lose everything they had! They would end up penniless! And what about their children? Would they be safer on the mainland?

The inhabitants of these islands had until 10 A.M. the following day to register at the Town Hall for evacuation. It didn’t help that it was a blistering hot day, and the line up started very early in the morning. An ice-cream salesman made a fortune selling ice-cream that day! Business was good!

At the final count, 23,063 islanders registered for evacuation, almost 50% of the Island’s population. Who was right in their decision? Doubt remained in the forefront of their minds.

At one time or another we, too, have to make hasty decisions. At such occasions we also wonder if we have made the right decision.

Joseph also had a hasty decision to make. The day before he had welcomed magi from the Far East who bestowed precious gifts to baby Jesus. The future looked bright and peaceful. However, “When they (the magi) had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.'” (Matt 2:13, NIV2) How could this be?

Joseph could have remained undecided. Why leave? People from far off recognized that the child was sent by God Himself. Surely they would be safe…

Interestingly enough, Joseph never even doubted when the angel summoned him to leave and move to Egypt, the country that centuries ago had enslaved the Jews!

Joseph remembered when Mary had told him that she was pregnant under the influence of God’s Spirit. He didn’t believe her and wanted to break off their engagement. That same night, an angel appeared to Him and confirmed that Mary, his beloved one, had been telling the truth.

He had almost lost her by his own stupidity. That angel had saved him from disaster, and now, he knew without a doubt that he had to leave for Egypt. God is in charge and knows what is best!

It was a good thing. Disaster hit the neighborhood: “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” (Matt 2:16, NIV2)

What a catastrophe it would have been if Joseph had been undecided!

How often don’t we make wrong decisions? If left on our own demise, we have a 50% chance of making the right choice. Hey, it’s better odds than winning the lottery! Still, do we want to gamble with our own lives?

The Islanders that remained in Jersey suffered terribly under the dominionship of the Nazis. Most of them ended up wishing that they, too, had moved to the mainland. However, it was too late by then! Some tried to escape from this cruel regime. Some succeeded. Others did not.

The only way to make the right decision at all times is to rely on our Heavenly Father 100% of the time. He is never wrong, and He has our best interest at heart! Joseph would confirm on this, and so would Mary.

Why are we so stubborn about making our own decisions?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, NIV)

It’s up to us to make the right decision. Who will we trust?

Rob Chaffart

(To access the entire “Faith to the Cause of Christmas” devotional series, please click here.)


The Dilemma: Faithful to the Cause of Christmas, Part 4