This Christmas season, I reflect on how together, Mary and Joseph believed in the promises of God.
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary regarded the angel whom God sent to her; in her heart she accepted that God had a great plan and surrendered to God’s will. It began by her saying YES to God!
And as Mary was impregnated through the power of the Holy Spirit, life began emanating within her. During this time of gestation, the power of God literally and supernaturally transformed her from the inside out.
Undoubtedly, I wonder what the outcome would have been if Mary had not believed the word of the Lord sent to her from the angel. Had her initial response been one of doubt or disbelief; had she hesitated on believing in the work of God would we be reading the same story? My guess is probably not.
Throughout the seasons of life from time to time, we become weary and tired, and even exhausted. We may even begin to lose or misplace our hope. We may misplace our hope with the less significant and trivial things this world has to offer us.
Personally speaking, oftentimes I feel the desire to relinquish my faith. In addition to the temptation to yield and give up, in the midst of storms and trials, when my faith is being perfected; oftentimes I have to fight against thoughts that tell me I am not good enough, or that I need to change this or that about myself because God is not pleased with me. When I am struggling or going through hardships, I often feel that God has abandoned me and that he doesn’t love me; he’s given up on me because I did not measure up to “His standards”.
But the truth is, He loved me before I even knew Him! Before I could do anything to deserve His LOVE! How awesome is that?! I could NEVER have earned it. So He, in His loving kindness, in His goodness, gave it to me as a FREE gift!
In the midst of this “chatter” and noise I can hear the voice of God say to my soul, “Be Still” and to trust that He is doing something great. He promises to use every trial, struggle, hardship, and storm that we walk through for His glory and for our good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The question is, not has God forsaken me or abandoned me, as His word says,
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
But the question is, will I still choose to praise Him in the storm? Furthermore, will I surrender to His timing and plan? And will I lift my heart in worship to the King?
So as the word of God says, let us continue to run the race that has been set before us!
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Let our faith be in the Author and Finisher. Let our faith be a resounding “YES”! Let us agree with Mary in our response to the work of the Holy Spirit and YES to His immeasurable and awesome plan for our lives!