Living Like Jesus | Day 2

16 January 2013

The daily reading was Luke 1:26-38.
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The SOAP reading was Luke 1:37-38.

37"For no word from God will ever fail." 38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me according to your word." Then the angel left her.

1. The angel points out Elizabeth's pregnancy as a sign that God follows through on what He says, even in what may seem to be the most unlikely of circumstances.
2. Based on the wording of the passage, it seems as though Mary responds to the angel in a calm manner despite the utter confusion she must have been in throughout this encounter.

This passage points out the fact that we need to trust God even when we do not know what is happening or how it is happening. Verse 37 says that God's word never fails and we have to put all of our trust in Him and believer that this is the truth. If we trust Him completely then we will be able to more willingly and more easily surrender to His plan for out lives. We do not know what is going to happen in our daily lives, but we do know that God has promised us so much in His word and He will never fall back on those promises. What He says will happen, will happen. We make look at the circumstances and have no earthly idea of what He could possibly do to chance the situation for the better, but if we put all of our trust and our faith in Him then even the things that seem like impossibilities will happen. 

There will be days when we just look at our lives and think "There's no way this can turn out good."
We will probably also have a moment (or longer) where we think that even God cannot fix the situation and make it work out well and for His purpose.
However, God can surprise us with just how different a situation turns out despite our original thoughts about it.
We just have to willingly submit to Him and His plan and purpose for our lives.
We need to be like Mary.
We need to trust Him and wholeheartedly follow the path/plan He has laid out for us.
This plan may seem completely unrealistic, and maybe from the world's perspective it is, but we have God on our side.
God's plan will always work out even in the face of adversity and hardship.
And I would have to say that just living in this world is part of the hardship.
Yet we know that we will not succumb to the hardship and adversity because God will walk with us the whole way.
God's plans will not fail.
God's word will not fail.

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