Monday, December 24, 2012

Sometimes we need to know

Luke 1:34 (NKJV) Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?"

When Mary found out she would give birth to the Savior of the world, she needed to know how it would happen. After all, was she to do something to initiate it? She was still a virgin and not married yet. Luke 1:35 reveals how the Holy Spirit Himself would overshadow her and impregnate her.

What Mary did not know was how this Baby would become a king. Jesus began His ministry about thirty years later. For thirty years, Mary anticipated how her child would become king. She did not know about the cross and did not know her baby would be gruesomely tortured and beaten. Perhaps if she knew, as a loving mom, she might have interfered with God's plan.

Mary had a secret she could not share with just anyone. How could anyone say their child is going to be the king of kings, and yet, how could anyone keep this secret to them-self? She managed to wait patiently for three decades to see this promise fulfilled.

Many of us have a promise so big; we can hardly share it with anybody. Dreams for a miracle or deliverance from an issue. We need encouragement to keep believing. Mary had to be an amazing woman, but she was human, just like you and me. How did Mary keep this dream alive?

When Jesus was born, the shepherds arrived and shared a prophecy concerning Jesus. They had just received a word from an angel in the fields while tending their sheep (see Luke 2:8-18). The Bible says in Luke 2:19, "But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart."

When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. During the journey home, they realized Jesus had stayed behind to listen and share with the religious teachers of the day. The Bible says the teachers were amazed at His understanding (Luke 2:47). The Bible then goes on to say in Luke 2:51, "His mother kept all these things in her heart."

Mary had a long wait to see this promise fulfilled---but what a promise. The bigger the promise, the more likely we will need encouragement to get there. When Mary saw God involved, she, "kept those things in her heart". God selected her because He knew she could handle it.

If God has given you a promise, whether it is health, relationship, addiction, or even ministry related, He knows you can handle it. Follow Mary's example. Take notice of the unusual. Keep it in your heart. It is the encouragement you need to see the promise fulfilled.

The birth of Christ is one of those things to keep in your heart. God made your promise possible when He gave His only begotten Son. Ponder it and be encouraged.

Merry Christmas!

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