TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.—Luke 1:38
Lord, I want Your will. I will do what You want me to do. I will go where You want me to go. I will say what You want me to say.
Have you ever said that to God? Mary did.
When Gabriel suddenly appeared to her one day and announced that she would be the mother of the Messiah, she was completely obedient, saying, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
I love that. Mary had childlike faith. How open and trusting children are. If my grandchildren are on a step and I tell them to jump to me, they will jump. Why? It’s because so far I’ve caught them (and I plan on continuing to catch them). So when I say jump, they simply jump, with a smile. I catch them, and they want to do it again.
But sometimes when God tells us to jump, we say, “What?” We think, I don’t want to jump. What if God drops me? But He won’t drop us. What kind of parent would do that? Our heavenly Father will catch us.
We often wonder about the will of God for our lives, but here is something to consider: Obedience to revealed truth guarantees guidance in matters unrevealed. Is there something you know to be God’s will for you right now? Have you done it? Don’t ask God to reveal His will beyond that until you take care of what you know is His will. We say that we want God’s will, but often we want Him to reveal it first so we can decide whether or not we are going to do it.
Mary said, “Let it be to me according to your word.” Have you made that commitment as well?
TODAY’S RADIO PROGRAM: “Don’t Lose Jesus at Christmas–2”
TODAY’S BIBLE READING: 2 Peter 1-3; John 1
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.