ADVENT STUDY: Through Doubt Came Love. { DAY 2 }

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Advent Study: He Is Faithful:  Born of a Virgin

READ: Matthew 1: 22-23 and Isaiah 7:14

 

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). { Matthew 1:22-23 }).

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” { Isaiah 7:14 }.

Doubt.

We have all been there.

I can only imagine that as the prophecies of the Old Testament were pronounced for the first time that there would be multiple eye rolls and “yeah right’s” from the crowd.

How in the world could any of this be true?

And a king born of a virgin? No way.

I would like to think that I would have stood in opposition to the naysayers but truth be told, we might have been good friends. Today we have the added benefit of seeing the fulfillment of the story but those who were walking through it in the moment. Well, faith took on a whole new meaning.

The prophecies that came hundreds of years before Jesus birth can all seem so scientifically backward and mind boggling to understand. But oh how I just love the tenderness and detail of our Father. His miraculous power that cuts like a knife through our swirly wondering. He meets our raised brows and tilted heads with loving truth that He is who He says and  He fulfills his promises, every single one.

I love how God uses the normal people, the everyday people, and even the doubting people to achieve His end. It isn’t a coincidence that the Bible’s account of Mary’s birth to Jesus was in fact written by a physician, Luke. This guy knew the science, he knew the logistics, he had completed the research and yet, God used Him as a pillar of His truth as we read the narrative of Mary. Luke knew of the power of God to overwrite any and all doubt, even his own.

Mary herself even wondered how God could create a child inside her. I can only imagine the thoughts that circulated her mind when the angel met her that day.

The power of prophecy is that it takes our human doubt and transforms it into the manifestation of God’s love and majesty right in front of us.

So why in the world would Jesus need to be born of a virgin?

Jesus was the only incarnate of God Himself. He had to come into the world just as we all do in order to be 100% man but He also had to be placed here divinely by His Father in a miraculous way to show that He was unlike any of us. The womb of a pure and young woman became the sinless nest for our King. The immediate download of sin that comes with conception was not part of Jesus’ development. He was in FACT our God with us.

Through a young girl, divinely appointed by God our savior came. He took all science aside, kicked all human logic to the curb, removed the doubt through His power and perfectly displayed His great love to us. We can rest our doubting minds in place for a faithful heart that takes Him at His word…every. single. time.

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!REFLECT:
  • Reflect on a time when you doubted God’s perfect and detailed plans for you. How did God reveal Himself to you through your doubt?
  • Has there been a time in your journey where God has called you to something that seems “unbelievable?” How did God use that experience to build your faith in His promises?
  • It’s pretty awesome to know that God created you in a wonderful way. That you were born for such a time as this. How is God calling you to be His light to others during this season?
PRAYER:

Father God, thank you that you fulfill every promise you make to us. That you give us a blueprint of what is to come. That even in the midst of our doubt- you meet us with your loving truth and guide us away from our unbelief. Father, thank you that you sent your perfect Son to save me and make all things new. I want to love you more each and every day as I hold tight to your word and your righteous right hand. In your name we pray. Amen.

 

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Lindsay Alexander
Lindsay Alexander
Lindsay is wife to her husband Monty and mom of three blonde-haired and blue-eyed, wide-open and spirited children. Life has been crazy in the Alexander household with two moves to two states in the past two years. Now, she lives in a real life fixer upper house and enjoys the comforts of fried chicken and sweet tea living back in South Carolina. A personal journey of transformation, Lindsay feels called to encourage women to step off the bench and take great risks in the name of Jesus.

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