“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife.” –Matthew 1:24
Observe the account, “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him”. He acted immediately- “without delay”. He did not wait until the next morning or at any later hour. He did what the angel of the Lord had bidden him as he arose from sleep. He never doubted that the message of the angel was indeed from God. He did not need any confirmation through miraculous signs or wonders to believe the message of God through the angel in contrast with Gideon, who upon receiving God’s message in a vision, asked for miraculous signs to confirm the message he received.
We can translate Joseph’s experience into our common experiences. Every now and then, we face situations when we need guidance from the Lord to make crucial decisions. However, how do we know that it is God’s voice? 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.
Do you remember Samuel? When the Lord first called him, he did not know yet the Lord. He thought Eli was calling him. He heard God’s voice three times but he went to Eli instead thinking that he was the one calling him. When Eli realized that the Lord was calling Samuel, he told the boy, “If he calls you, that you shall say, speak Lord for your servant hears”.
Sometimes, we could not perceive the Lord’s voice instantly. Samuel did not know God’s voice because he did not know yet the Lord at that time. However, he listened to the direction of the prophet of God, Eli and displayed a heart ready to receive the message of the Lord. “Speak Lord, for your servant hears”.