Let’s start with Luke 1. Open your Bible and read it now.
Are you longing for something that seems impossible?
The prelude to the familiar Christmas story offers you hope today.
How would you respond if God Himself spoke directly to you and told you the future?
I’m guilty of wishing God would come to me in person and tell me exactly what to do or give me the details of what’s ahead. “Jana, you’re about to receive a job offer. Take it and, in a year, I’ll give you the next step.”
Zacharias was the blessed recipient of just such a visit! An angel visited Zacharias to tell him that his wife Elizabeth would have a son even though she was barren and they were far beyond childbearing years.
Now, I feel like I’d be thrilled if I was in Zacharias’s position. Here’s a messenger from God telling me that my greatest dream will come true. I’d whip out my phone and shoot a text to my closest contacts immediately, complete with a plethora of emojis!
But that’s not how Zacharias responded. There were so many rational reasons for him to disbelieve God’s Word. He did not have a faith perspective. Instead, he basically told God to prove it (Luke 1:18). Zacharias was fixated on the impossibility of the situation.
Mary, on the other hand, responded differently. When the angel visited her with an incredible promise, she did question how God would fulfill His promise to her, but she did not doubt it would happen. Hers was simply a fair question of procedure. But she responded with the eyes of faith, saying, “May it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38, NASB).”
The angel told Mary that “nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1:37, NASB).”
You and I are not unlike Zacharias and Mary. God has given us His Word. He has shown Himself to us through the Bible, and He’s given us hundreds of promises and proven Himself faithful.
So how will you respond today? You have a choice.
- Judge God based on the impossibility of your circumstances, or
- Judge God according to who He is and what He says in His Word.
Either we believe Him, or we don’t.
Today I’m choosing to believe His Word.
Nothing is impossible for God, so don’t give up hope.