And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
This is the account of Joseph, Mary & Jesus in their guided travels. Sometimes we think that we have a destination where we’re supposed to go and then God changes our direction, in this case, He warned Joseph in a dream to go another way.
Joseph was clearly afraid before he changed direction, afraid because he was headed back to Judea, but found out that Herod’s son Archelaus was reigning over that region. Joseph wanted to go back to Judea because it was a place he was familiar with, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Maybe Joseph thought that’s where he was supposed to raise Jesus? Instead, God sent him to Nazareth, the very place it all started. Phillip (Herod Philip II) the brother of Archelaus was a much more peaceful ruler and reigned over this region.
God let Joseph travel this road until He knew the time was right to change his direction. Sometimes we can start out in the direction we think God wants us to travel, only to face our fears and to test our faith.
New beginnings can be a very stressful trial but, in the end,, it brings increased faith in Him and He brings you into a place of peace. That’s what makes this scripture true:
The Shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.