If We Believe

You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said. Luke 1:45 (NLT)

When the Angel told Mary that she was going to miraculously conceive, it would have been really easy for her to say “That’s impossible. I know that won’t happen.” No one would have thought it strange that she discounted it. No one would have blamed her for walking away from that conversation and saying “No thank you. That is physically impossible.”

But Mary didn’t do that. She believed that God would do what God said and she walked into the unexpected. She embraced a new reality.

In Luke 2, there are more examples of people embracing what God told them.

First, the Shepherds. When the Angels showed up and said the Messiah, a Savior, was born but he’s lying in a manger, it would have been easy for the Shepherds to say “That’s not the way it is supposed to be done. If he’s our King, he can’t be born in a manger.” But they didn’t. They went to look for him. They believed and they acted on that belief.

Simeon did the same. The Holy Spirit told him he would not die until he saw the Messiah. So he sat at home and waited for God to bring the Messiah to him. No! He was in the Temple looking for what God had revealed.

Anna, the prophet, did the same. She was in the temple constantly; praying and fasting looking for the Messiah. She was waiting expectantly for what God said would happen.

When the Holy Spirit speaks, how reluctant are we to follow that leading even when it seems out of the realm of our possibilities? Do we follow up on the promptings so God can lead us to his plan and purpose? Or, do we easily discount what we are told as impossible? Is it possible that we don’t see as many miracles as we could because we are looking in the realm of our possibilities and not God’s?

For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37 (ESV)