The season of Advent has begun. As we approach Christmas, we focus our attention on waiting. The Jews of ancient Israel were waiting for their Savior, the Messiah. He would come as the Anointed One of God to deliver them and free them to worship God without interference from conquering nations. They were waiting, but many missed His coming because they would not let go of their preconceived ideas about what the Messiah would do.
Luke tells the story of how the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in the privacy of her room and announced that she would give birth to the Messiah. Mary hesitated because she did not understand how this could happen since she wasn’t married yet and had not been with her husband. She could not conceive a child.
Have you ever doubted that God could do a work in your life or use you to be a blessing because you knew it wasn’t naturally possible? We often put limits on God’s ability to bless others through us because we say that we can’t do something.
God is not limited by our circumstances or weaknesses. As the angel, Gabriel, declares to Mary, “For no word from God will ever fail.”
God has many blessings to share in the world around you. As you await the coming of God in Christ into the situations and circumstances of your life, don’t be surprised if the voice of God shows up in your prayers to tell you that He is going to bless someone through you! Like Mary, you may not have the natural ability to accomplish what God declares He will do. But God’s work was not defeated by Mary’s circumstance. May our response to God be the same as Mary’s response. “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC