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I am willing to do what You want

“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” Luke 1:38.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 45-46, and Luke 1.

Mary took things a step further than most of us will have to do.  She knew what was going to happen and still was all in.

We can profess our willingness and then see what that leads to.  She knew the potential trouble ahead.  We don’t.

Her “I am the Lord’s servant” commitment is role model material of the highest level.

How often do we act as if God is our co-worker?  We tell God (in prayer) to do this and that.  We inform God (in prayer) of where He is needed.  Where there’s work for Him to do.  What are we thinking!

Mary doesn’t try to refine what God has planned for her.  She doesn’t laugh the way Sarah did when she found out that she would bear a child.  She gets it right.

And we need to get this right.  A servant waits.  A servant doesn’t offer suggestions.  They just willingly do what the Master wants them to do.

Could our problem with this be that we don’t hold God in the esteem He deserves?  Are we afraid of what might happen if we let Him run our lives?  Mary wasn’t and God blessed her.

“Lord, I am Your servant.  Teach me to act accordingly.  Forgive me for trying to run my own life in my own way.  Nothing Godly will come from that arrangement.  You know best.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, I beg.”

Will you be God’s servant?  That is the best arrangement a believer can have with God.

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Jesus by my numbers

hwfm-August-9“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’” John 11:32

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Jeremiah 3-4 & John 11)

Both sisters did it. First Martha and then Mary.

Jesus was not on hand when Lazarus was dying so to them that was why his death wasn’t prevented.

“If only you had been here,” each started when they met Jesus.

The disciples knew that Jesus had intentionally delayed His arrival in Bethany (where Lazarus was) so that they (the disciples) would see His glory.

How often we “regulate” God by our parameters. We decide what should be and fault God when it doesn’t go that way.

“And His understanding no man can fathom.” This is out of Isaiah 40. We can’t and won’t be able to figure out God’s Ways………….ever!

God knows best. If I am trusting Him completely I can accept what happens with that in mind.

God is not limited. When the sisters said that Lazarus had died because Jesus had not been where Lazarus was, they were limiting God.

There is a story in the New Testament of a soldier who had an ailing servant in another place. The soldier believed that Jesus did not have to physically come to the place where the servant was in order to be healed. Mary and Martha didn’t have that faith.

God is omnipresent. Therefore, I can pray for someone elsewhere and know that location does not limit God. That is a wonderful truth!

“Lord, I thank You for Your Word. I thank You that You are unlimited. Forgive me for trying to give You my structure. Your Way is always best. I love You, Father.”

 

 

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In Awe

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(Verse taken from today Bible selection – Ezekiel 45-46 & Luke 1)

“His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before Him.”  Luke 1: 50

Mary’s I’ll-do-what-You-want attitude leads into this line.  Gabriel told her that the impossibility of a virgin conceiving were not impossible for God to overcome.  There are things that seem insurmountable to me.  They are not to God.  He has a history of great deeds.  I must remember His awesome past and find comfort in His awesome “to be’s.”  His ways are beyond my comprehension.

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