Not My Will

December 3, 2017

Luke 1: 26-38

 

We have now reached the beginning of the Christmas Season. This is indeed an amazing time of year. I encourage you to focus on the fact that The Messiah has come into this world to be the Savior and Lord of our lives. Today we will focus on the faith of Mary and how she received the message from Gabriel that she would give birth to the Messiah.

 1                    Amazed

 Mary was greatly troubled at Gabriel’s words. “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Vs 30-33) If Jesus asks you to do something and you obey, you can be certain that a blessing will follow. And many times, when you submit to Him, those around you will join in the joy as well.

 How long has it been since you were amazed by God and how has God amazed you?

 2                    Trust

 “How will this be, Mary asked the angel, since I am a virgin? The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” (Vs 34-37)Consider Mary’s response. She was a young, single girl whose trust in God would certainly confound her community. Mary was no longer interested in her will or personal comfort. She realized something much greater was at stake, the Kingdom of God. We should not only be amazed by God but we should trust Him completely with our wellbeing as well as others around us.

 Do you trust God completely?

Are you growing in your faith?

How has God led you to leave your comfort zone and follow Him to experiences unknown?

Can you imagine being in Mary’s place?                         

 3                    Obedience

 “I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said. Then the angel left her.” (v38) Mary submitted in humble service and, through her, the Savior changed the world forever. She did not question the Lord’s plan or analyze the situation from a human perspective. She simply obeyed. This is the challenge for you as well. Questioning, doubting, and calculating, none of these build the faith that He wants you to have and exhibit. Rather, it is simple trust like Mary’s that exalts Him. It is in times like these that God moves in astounding ways. May the Lord lead us to have the faith and courage to remain faithful and obedient to Him, even if it means setting aside our own plans and agenda?