With God Nothing Is Impossible. { Day 1 }

When Women Encounter God Study.

READ: Luke 1:5-58

 And Zechariah said to the angel, How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”  { Luke 1:18-20 }

And Mary said to the angel, How will this be since I am a virgin?” { Luke 1:34 }

In Luke’s Gospel, he writes in chapter 1 comparing and contrasting the births of Jesus and John the Baptist. Both babies are announced in advance by the angel Gabriel {vs. 11 & 28}; both births are unnatural and miraculous; in both cases, the angel tells what the name should be {vs. 13 & 31}, and so on.

One contrasting dynamic in these accounts is the reaction of the recipients who were given the promise. The promise of John the Baptist was delivered by the angel Gabriel to his father, Zechariah. The promise of Jesus was also delivered to Mary, his mother. One responded with doubt; the other with unwavering faith. Interestingly, they both had an initial reaction of fear and then a question that followed.

How did Mary’s faith express itself? In verse 34 she asks, ”How can this be since I have no husband?” She does question Gabriel, just as Zechariah did. But note the contrast: while he asked, “How can I know this?—or how can I be sure of it? Mary says, “How can this be?” Zechariah asks for more evidence; Mary asks for an explanation. Zechariah says he can’t be certain; Mary says she can’t comprehend it.

In response, Mary gets an explanation, while Zechariah receives a rebuke and is silenced by the angel.

What can we learn from this? It’s okay to ask questions but it is dangerous to demand evidence before believing what God has promised us. How many of us, when we are tested and tried, cannot believe that God is working it all out for our good {Romans 8:28} until some circumstance, or extra evidence, shows us that everything is going to be alright? We all struggle to take God at His word.

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Gabriel urges us to remember that with God nothing is impossible {Luke 1:37}. God loves to show himself faithful by keeping His word when we can’t see a way for Him to do it. He begs us to trust Him so He can show us how good He is!

Let’s not be like Zechariah. Let’s not say to God, “I can’t believe it—Prove it.” Let’s instead be women who encounter God and say, “I believe you! Please show me how…”

REFLECT:

  • What has God promised you? Make a list of personal or Scriptural promises for which you are waiting to see fulfilled.
  • Do you struggle with unbelief? Where do you need evidence to precede your faith? Confess your doubt and unbelief and ask God to increase your faith! In Mark 9:24, a man confesses to Jesus, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” That can be our prayer too.
  • Although we know God always keeps His promises, we also know there is often a wait involved. What can you do in “the wait” to keep from losing hope?

PRAYER:

God, thank you for being a Promise Keeper. Thank you for your faithfulness, and for your Word that shows us how good you have been, throughout all time. We believe in your Word and your promises because your truth transcends all things. Help us not to demand explanations in arrogance when our minds can’t comprehend how powerful you truly are. Help us to receive your words with confidence and expectation. In Jesus name, Amen!

Elizabeth Oschwald
Elizabeth Oschwald
I’m Elizabeth, wife to an industrious, handsome fixer-upper {I mean…he fixes things, not he needs to be fixed} and Mom/Stepmom {a.k.a. Imma} to 6 amazing kids. I homeschool the ones I hatched myself, and we live on our family farm in central Illinois. I love to write about our real-life experiences, how Jesus is in everything, and how God can redeem even the biggest messes in the most beautiful, unexpected (and very Brady) ways. You can read more about my crazy crew at www.AddingJoy.com!

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