I am excited to share today’s post with you. I feel that it speaks to the times we’re in and we could use this as a tool as we navigate the season.
So, to give a background of the text: Luke chapter 1 records the announcement of the birth of Christ and John the Baptist. As I read the chapter I studied the responses of Zacharias and Mary. These two received life changing news! They were both in situations that seemed impossible — in people’s eyes, for God to fulfill the Word He sent to each of them. Zacharias and Mary represent all of us, people who are hearing from God.
When we read the Bible and see the promises of God or hear Him speak to us through various channels, two things happen. We either respond like Zacharias or Mary. Now let’s see what kind of answers these two gave…
And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.Luke 1:18, 20 NKJV
This is Zacharias. An old man who loves and serves the lord. He was rightly positioned for his blessing if I may say so myself. However, he didn’t believe it when God sent a word that a miracle was on its way! This is not peculiar to Zach, a lot of us find ourselves setting bench marks for God. We bring up lists, reasons and facts to Him, trying to justify what is possible for us. The tendency of relying on what is humanly possible over what God is able to do has costed us the life we deserve to have! A life full of goodness. Zacharias was mute for the duration of his son’s pregnancy because of unbelief. Suffering unnecessarily.
For with God nothing will be impossible. Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word…”Luke 1:37-38 NKJV
This is Mary. A virgin who loves and serves the lord. She was rightly positioned for a blessing from God if I may say so myself. In my opinion her case was way more tricky than Zach’s. She wasn’t married! But surprise… she is the one who believed! When the angel came to her, she didn’t protest or try to understand beyond what was said. Such faith! We need it. An attitude of yielding to God versus second guessing Him.
Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.Luke 1:45 NKJV
There it is! Our walk with God thrives on faith. When we believe what He says about us and our lives, we experience the blessing of being His children. The promises given to us will come with ease when we dare to believe…
I don’t know what you’re going through, but one thing is certain. God is in the business of doing the impossible. You need to hold onto that Word and His promises, let Him work the rest out.