We hear about Mary’s bravery, but Joseph probably heard his share of disapproving comments and questions from family and friends. His faith had to be great, just like
Mary’s. Their marriage began with complete trust in God.
Joseph also had a quality that God holds in great esteem: humility. He knew from the beginning that the child he would love, care for, and protect was not his; Jesus was the son of God. Even as Joseph trained him in the skills of his trade, he knew that Jesus would be much more than a carpenter. I often wonder how much he and Mary really understood about the mission Jesus came to accomplish. But Joseph trusted in God, content to be in the background, content to do what God had called him to do to the best of his ability. He didn’t ask for special favors; he knew that being Jesus’ stepdad was the richest blessing he could receive.
It is easy for us o let pride get in the way of our ministry. Everyone wants to be the leader; but leaders aren’t much good if there is no one to lead. We need to be more like Joseph; content to work wherever God puts us - in the foreground, the background, or even anonymously when necessary. In God’s plan, everyone’s job is important.