“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
Luke 1:45 NLT
For those of you joining us in our study of the first chapters of Matthew, Luke and John, we are blessed by the wonderfully rich Luke, chapter one, this week. So much in it speaks to us today.
One of the things in this chapter I have pondered over the years is Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel’s message to her. While in shock she asks a logical question. How can I have a baby when I am a virgin? Then, beginning to wrap her mind around the fact that God would do it, she replies, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” To God’s ears this has to be one of the most precious responses he has received. To us, it has to be one of the most challenging.
We know that God’s choice of this young Jewish woman was not random. She came from the family of David and he knew that she possessed the very qualities needed to survive the challenges ahead and instill the right qualities into her son, their Son, so Jesus could accomplish his mission. She was about to birth a miracle, the very miracle that would save millions from death and release the world from hopelessness.
What did Mary understand that we would need to understand to release creative miracles in our lives? She understood that, ultimately, her life was not about herself, but only had value as she submitted it in obedience to God and allowed him to use her for his purposes. She also trusted God and his Word. If God said it, he would do it.
That setting aside of her own desires and agenda, and trusting in what God had spoken, is the definition of godly submission, a concept that is not understood nor appreciated by the vast majority in our culture today. Yet that very release of control, and letting God have his way, create the atmosphere in which the miracles we cry out for happen. Submission prepares the fertile soil of God’s word in which the seed of promise can be planted and bear miraculous fruit.
Are you waiting for something that only God can make happen? Trust that he has given you his word, your promise, that can get you through this rough time and may even release a miracle. Are you willing to let go and trust him and his word? Listen and obey. We want to hear you testify to your miracle!
Dear friend, chosen by God and called into his service, may you encounter miraculous outcomes to your acts of obedience in this time. May you receive the provision, the power and the purpose to set your life on fire for the Lord! Amen.
Mary Sumner ~ December, 2020