Dec 2, 2012

Sunday Soaking: Nothing is impossible with God {Luke 1:26-38}

Sunday Soaking is an intentional Bible Study that is specifically about being immersed {or soaked} in the scriptures.  Every day I may "sprinkle in" Bible verses, or write little devos, but once a week on Sunday it's about the WORD and not anything else!

Today's Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 (NLT)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you![a]
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[b] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

My thoughts: My Pastor (who also happens to be my father in law) preached on these verses today and my thoughts echo his sermon. 

Do you ever feel like God is calling you to something that is difficult or even impossible?  

Look at Mary, she was young, maybe 13 or 14 years old.  She was engaged, ready for her life to begin.  Then an angel came and changed everything.  She didn't cry or rant or start hyperventilating.  

The reality is that this situation could have ruined her life.  Unmarried, pregnant, who would want her?  

But God had other plans, even if Mary didn't necessarily know that.  The angel didn't say "don't worry, this will all work out."  He told her "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus."  Sure, he followed it up with promises of greatness, but really, if an angel came to you and told you that you are going to have a baby... even if the angel promised great things... don't you think you would at least ask questions?

We can learn from her response, she said “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”  She was obedient, and she had faith that God was faithful.  

Personally, I have a couple of things that God has called me to that I am dragging my feet in obedience.  Not because I don't like the idea, but because I am afraid, and ultimately I am not believing that God is going to keep me from failing. {Ridiculous, but understandable}.

What do YOU think?  Do you sometimes tell God no because you aren't sure that it's possible?  How difficult do you think it is to have the faith and obedience of Mary??

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