Mary’s Assurance

Though most of us are still trying to figure out what to do with all that turkey, tomorrow is officially the first day of Advent. I’ve been holding back on those Christmas stories and carols until now but today I offer to you my first Christmas devotional of 2020. God bless you and if you are interested you can find the entire collection over on Amazon under the title – Whatever Happened to Christmas? by Peter Caligiuri.

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called Holy – the Son of God. Luke 1:35 ESV

Often, we hesitate to ask God questions because we’re afraid, He’ll be angry. But if anyone had a right to question God about His plans, Mary certainly tops that list. When Gabriel announced to her that she was going to have a baby Mary didn’t jump up and down for joy. Instead she questioned, “How can this happen?” and then she filled God in on some intimate details by adding; “I have not known a man.” (God I’ve been good!).

But instead of God shooting off some thunderbolts or refusing to answer He gladly shared exactly how things would go down. That gives the rest of us great hope as we wrestle with our own worries. Whether our questions are about social justice, the spread of Corona virus or our own physical ailments God invites us to ask them. He is not upset when we come to Him with our doubts; instead, He delights to show us His answers. He knows our fears and He is saying, “I’ve got this! Life is uncertain, but My promises are not!” So, this Christmas if we will just trust Him as Mary did then we can know that whatever God sends us comes from Heaven, and just like Mary we will one day see the face of Jesus Christ.

Day 4 – 10 Questions for God – God how?

How will this be,” Mary asked the angel… Luke 1:34Autumn leaves in Park

Sometimes when God has told us something amazing we strain at the limits of our understanding. Together with Mary we ask,  “God how can this happen?”

In the same way that God unlocks the beauty hidden in  plain green leaves, God will also make a way to perform the amazing in our lives. Our job is not to know the answer or to try our very best. God will work things out when we yield totally to Him.

When we walk with the Lord

In the light of His word

What a glory He sheds on our way

When we do His good will

He abides with us still

And to all who will trust and obey!

John Sammis 1887

Day Three: 10 Questions for God

...but what are they for so many? John 6:9

Nepal and India 063If you still are not ready to put up your hand and ask a question in God’s classroom remember that Jesus was surrounded by people who asked him all sorts of things. With question three today, Andrew takes center stage. Jesus has brought to their attention that they are surrounded by hungry people. Much like Andrew, our own eyes might have focused on just five tiny loaves.

Jesus often answers us in ways we could never imagine.

Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks…John 6:11

How amazing that Jesus gave thanks for those five small loaves and there was abundance. How often do we fail to give thanks when God has sent abundance because we think that we never have enough!