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Four Ways to Trust God More–Job 23:10


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 22:1-25:6

For years I’ve kept a journal of my conversations with God and I’ve always signed it, “I trust you Lord.”

But

just like Job “life” tested that trust.  When things happen in your life that just don’t make sense it let’s you know where you really are in your ability to trust God and I knew I hadn’t arrived in the trust department.

I want to trust God completely.

I want to be able to have confidence in my trust, like Job.

I want to be able to say with Job, “You know where I am going.  And when you test me, I will come out as pure gold.” (Job 23:10)

In Job’s monologue in Job 23:11-12, he gives instructions to help me trust Him more:

  • Stay on God’s paths
  • Follow the ways of the Lord and do not turn aside
  • Do not depart from his commands
  • Treasure God’s Words more than daily food

To be able to trust God more I must to keep my eyes on Him and not be distracted by other people and other things.  I believe distraction is one of the tools the enemy of our soul uses to pull  us away from God–we can’t quiet our mind enough to spend time with Him and develop our relationship with Him.

Job knew God because he spent time with them.  That’s what saved him during those dark days.  When the circumstances looked as if God had deserted Him, Job knew enough about God and His nature to trust His sovereignty, even when things don’t make sense .

Lord, I want to know You like Job.

Help me to trust you more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 26:1-29:25

The Fall of the Hurdle-Jumper–Job 17:11

My days are over. My hopes have disappeared. My heart’s desires are broken. —Job 17:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 15:1-18:21

I can’t imagine the depth of despair Job felt when he spoke these words.  It’s easy to read Job’s story and move through his losses as if it’s some Hollywood movie.  Friends, this really happened. Put yourself in his shoes.

What would you have done?

What if…

  • All your children were dead
  • All of your servants were dead
  • All of your animals were dead
  • All of your food was gone
  • All of your property was destroyed

Most of my life I naïvely thought seasons of depression, despair, and hopelessness could be avoided by Christian disciplines (prayer, Bible study, worship) and continual attitude adjustments. (Sounds like Job’s friends. Huh?)

Until…

Everything came crashing down.  I called it the fall of the hurdle-jumper.

As long is there’s enough space between the hurdles to recover, a hurdle jumper can go long distances, but let someone come and place all the hurdles side by side and even the best hurdle jumper will come crashing down.

That’s what happened to me.

In just about every area of my life I experienced a major loss: marriage, home, church, career, car, a great friend, and my Dad–all in a matter of a couple of years.

I said with Job, My days are over. My hopes have disappeared. My heart’s desires are broken. –Job 17:11

This strong “hurdle-jumper” came tumbling to the ground and my misconceptions about depression fell as well. I needed a healing of this mental cancer that had zapped the life and joy out of me.  “I” couldn’t fix me.

That was fifteen years ago.  Through the grace of God, His healing power, and a good medical doctor I made it through that dark time. I’m so thankful for the lessons I learned.  I didn’t realize it at the time but at my lowest God was the closest. As I look back I see those as special times.

Today I vividly understand the power that hope plays in our lives. God is the giver of hope and just like Job we can be sitting in a pile of rubble scraping our wounds, thinking hope is gone forever, while our Heavenly Father is continually saying “Don’t loose hope.  Some things just take a little time.  You’ll understand when You see me face to face. For now just keep your hope in Me!”

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. –Psalm 39:7

Heavenly Father, we need Your hope today.  I pray for my friends who feel the way I did years ago, hopeless and depressed.  Touch them through your supernatural power and send the gift of hope their way.

Jesus, remind us of the needs of the hurting.  Show us who we need to call, write, or visit.  Use us to be delivery agents of hope today.

In Your Name we pray.  Amen and Amen!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 19:1-21:34

Lord, Tell Me What I Have Done Wrong–Job 13:23

God, do You hear me?

Lord, do You see the mess I’m in?

Lord, what have I done wrong?

Have you ever felt like Job and said these things to God?

I know I have.

Just like Job, when tough times hit I begin looking over my life, thinking of the mistakes I’ve made and wondering which one caused this calamity?

Job had done nothing wrong?  It was what he had done right that had caused his world to fall apart. God was so pleased with Job’s love and loyalty towards Him that He spoke like a proud father to Satan and said, “Have you noticed my servant Job?” (Job 1:8)

When hard times hit me personally, I do some soul-searching:

  1. Is there unconfessed sin in my life?
  2. Have I lived my life contrary to God’s Word? (One more reason it’s important to read the Bible)
  3. Do I have unforgiveness in my life?

If the answer to any of those is “yes,” I immediately begin ask God to help me correct that area and ask for His forgiveness.

And God immediately forgives me.

But,

The situation doesn’t usually change immediately.

Why?

Maybe my sin wasn’t the reason for the trial.

Maybe God was sending me ahead for someone else.

Maybe there is something He’s teaching me that I haven’t learned yet.

Many times my answer to those three questions is “no” and like Job I want God to send me an email and tell me what I have done.

But maybe like Job, I haven’t done anything wrong.

Maybe God is proudly saying, “Have you noticed my servant Dianne?”

Maybe God has me on a special assignment.

I really don’t have the answers (the reason for all the maybes) but I know that I trust Him with my life.  I can’t wait to get to the last few chapters in the book of Job so that you can see the faithfulness of God!

God allows hard times into our lives to…

  • Grow us
  • Correct us
  • Cause others to know Him more.

You will hear me say this many times in the next year…

We are on this earth for two reasons: To know Christ and to help others to know Him

That’s it.

This world is not the party, that will be in heaven.

Blessings in Jesus!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 15:1-18:21

Do You Really BELIEVE God? Genesis 15:6

I know it seems like I can’t get very far in each day’s reading before I “camp out” and get on my soap box.  Today is no different, but this scripture is one of my favorites, so I just can’t help it!  I’m sure you’ll be hearing that a lot before the year is over!  🙂

Genesis 15:6—An Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted it to him as righteousness because of his faith.

Today’s Scripture:  Genesis15: 1-17:27

 Abram Believed God. 

 A couple of years ago I read one of Beth Moore’s books called Believing God.  It simplified Genesis 15:6 for me.

Beth shared five things that we need to believe to be able to move from believing in God to BELIEVING GOD.

We need to believe…

1. “God is who He says He is.”

2. “God can do what He says He can do.”

3. “I am who God says I am.”

4. “I can do all things through Christ.”

5. “God’s Word is alive and active in me.”

Believing God is such a foundational truth in the life of a Christian that the Lord put it in the Bible three more times:  Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, and James 2:23.

The first time I remember this scripture becoming real to me was many years ago when I was playing the organ in church.  It was a Sunday morning and we were in the middle of the worship service and my eyes locked on to this woman out in the congregation and almost immediately my heart was filled with compassion for her.  I prayed for her as I was playing the organ and then I felt this urge to get off the organ bench and go pray with her.  Immediately I thought. “I can’t do that; everyone will look at me.”  They’ll think I’m trying to be super-spiritual!

I thought for a minute…

  • What this my idea?  No, I would never think of that.
  • Was this in line with God’s Word?  I think so.
  • Did I feel as if the Holy Spirit was speaking to me?  Yes.

All of a sudden this scripture (Gen.15:6) came to mind.  I’m sure I didn’t know the address; I never know the address…

I felt the Holy Spirit reassuring me:

Dianne–

 If  you are doing this because you

  • believe Me
  • believe I can do anything
  • believe you are my child
  • believe you can do anything if I enable you to do it
  • believe you are hearing Me because My Word is alive and active in you

Then, even if you didn’t hear everything exactly right or say everything exactly right, I will count it to you as righteousness because of your obedience to act by faith.  And, “Oh, by the way, I’ll clean up any mistakes you make!”  So, go ahead and believe Me.  This was the point in my relationship with Jesus where I began to move from just believing in God to BELIEVING GOD!

Can you share a time with you moved from believing in God to believing God?

Blessings in Jesus!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 18:1-21:7

Leave Your “Stuff” at Home—Mark 6:7-9

Last year this time I was  packing for a trip.  I was going to be gone a couple of weeks.  As I read Jesus’ instructions to the disciples as He sent them out to minister I thought, “Lord, could I ever be that obedient, trusting, and full of faith?

And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.  He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes. Mark 6: 7-9

Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-6, Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 10:1-42, Luke 9:1-6

No suitcase, no money, no clothes????

In my 21st century, western thought process that’s just not acceptable.  I was only spending a couple of weeks at my daughters (new grandson was the way!), who had a closet full of clothes I could wear, but I was still carrying a carload MY stuff!

I’ve always been an over packer; whether it was diaper bags, skin care class supplies during my years as a Mary Kay Sales Director, or corporate training tools and tricks, I’ve always carried too much.

I want to be prepared, ready for anything!  I guess my ‘stuff” is my security.  I feel in control when I have it.  Maybe that’s the reason Jesus wanted HIS disciples to leave their “stuff” at home; so they would depend on God and not their own resourcefulness.

This may have been a test for the disciples.  Jesus knew what faced them, it wasn’t for the faint-hearted.  If they couldn’t give up their stuff, they would be in real trouble when they were…

  • Handed over to the courts to be flogged with whips in the synagogues (Matthew 10:17)
  • Forced to stand trial before governors and kings because they were Jesus’ followers (Matthew 10:18)

Do your material possessions ever get in the way of being obedient to and dependent on God?

Do things like houses, cars, new furniture, technology, or the latest fashion take a higher priority than your relationship with your heavenly Father?

Could you walk away from your “stuff” if the Lord asked you?

I don’t think God is opposed to us having “stuff,” He just wants us to be able to leave it at home if He asks us.

Heavenly Father, help us to put our “stuff” in the proper perspective, Your perspective. We want to bring Glory to You.  Teach us how to be less materialistic.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 9:7-9, Mark 6:14-29, Matthew 14:1-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15, Mark 6:45-52, Matthew 14:22-23, John 6:16-21, Mark 6:53-56, Matthew 14:34-36


Good News for the Desperate—Mark 5:21-43

There have been times in my life with I have prayed a faith-filled prayer and seen miracles happen.  But there have also been times when I  had no faith and faced a seemingly hopeless situation and Jesus came and touched me and made me new again.

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 5:1-20, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-39, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56

In Mark 5, two miracles happened in a matter of hours that give us hope in hopeless situations:

A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. Mark 5:25-26

As Jesus was making His way to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter, an unnamed woman with an incurable condition joined the crowd. She had suffered from bleeding for 12 years. This may have been a chronic menstrual disorder or a uterine hemorrhage. Her condition made her ritually unclean, excluding her from normal social relations since any who came in contact with her would become “unclean.” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary)

She had spent all her money on doctors and nothing had helped, so it was either touch this Jesus or live in this lonely state of sickness and seclusion for the rest of her life.  She made her way through the crowd; she thought, “if I can just touch His robe.”  Immediately she was healed…she touched Jesus.

Jesus continued toward Jairus’ house, when the news came that Jairus’ daughter had died.  Jesus told Jairus, “don’t be afraid.  Just have faith.”

The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.  Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”  And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.  Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat. (Mark 5:40-43)

  • Two impossible situations
  • Two people desperate for Jesus
  • Two miracles
  • Two examples for you and me

Are you desperate today?  Whether you  touch the hem of His garment or He enters your home and takes your hand, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  He is your miracle-working God.

There is one thing these two people had in common, beside a need:

Desperation

Desperation + knowledge of Jesus’ miracle working power = faith to believe the impossible is possible.

Let’s take our desperate situations to Jesus and expect a miracle.

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (1 John 5:14-15)

I read a great post from Lysa TerKeurst, at the Proverbs 31 website.  If you have time check it out:  Why am I scared to pray boldly?

Heavenly Father, we want to have faith that is pleasing to you.  We believe, help our unbelief (Mark 9:24).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-6, Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 10:1-42, Luke 9:1-6

3 Thoughts That Are Clouding My Thinking–Matthew 6:31-34

Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-7:6; Luke 6:37-42; Matthew 7:7-20; Luke 6:43-45; Matthew 7:21-29; Luke 6:46-49

Do you ever feel that your thinking is working against you?  In today’s reading Jesus told us there were three things we needed to stop worrying about.  Three things that make us look like unbelievers.  Three things that make us look like we don’t trust our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said,

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.  –Matthew 6:31-34

Maybe I’m the only person this speaks to but these three areas take up a lot of my thinking time.

I’m either going to the store for food, cooking food, cleaning up from cooking food, wishing I hadn’t ate something, reading about the negative effects of today’s food on my body or griping because food costs so much.

Yes, that goes for drinking too.  One day I’m quitting coffee and just drinking tea, the next day I’m going organic all the way and then several times a year I vow to quit it all and just drink water, but what kind of water?  Tap, bottled, filtered, spring?

Oh, and let’s not forget clothes.  I have a couple of speaking opportunities in the next couple of weeks.  I can’t tell you how much I think, analyze and plan what I should wear.  I want to look professional, relatable, warm, friendly, and youthful but not trendy.  AND, I want to do all this with the clothes I already have in my closet. Geez!

The thing that really got me about today’s scripture were these words:

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  –Matthew 6:32

I’m thinking like an unbeliever.  I’m thinking like someone who doesn’t know Christ.

I can just imagine how my Heavenly Father must feel; the same way I would feel when I had all my children’s needs covered and they were still worrying.   It would make me feel like they don’t trust me.

The great thing about this scripture passage is God gave us replacement thoughts.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  –Matthew 6:33

I’m pretty sure I still have to make a grocery list and make a trip to the store, have plenty of water to drink, and pick out an outfit for my next speaking engagement, but Jesus says, I  don’t have to obsess over any of it.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. –Matthew 6:34

Heavenly Father, forgive me for worrying about the day-to-day details more that I seek Your Kingdom. Lord, help me to make wise choices in what I eat, drink, and wear.  I thank you for your provisions.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-17; Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35; Matthew 11:20-30; Luke 7:36-50

4 Things to Remember When You Have a Change in Plans– John 4:4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  John 3:1-4:45; Luke 3:19-20

I am the type of person who has to have a “have to” to get anything done.  Deadlines, goals, calendars, and checklists are what move me forward.

I have always wanted to be one of those people, who spontaneously moved through life and have a ball doing it, but it’s not the way God made me, so I’ll just live vicariously through those “fun” people and stick with my planning.

However, there are times when I’ve made my plans and “life” changes them.  The more I read and understand God’s Word, the more I realize that when those changes come, many times it’s a divine appointment…

In John 4:4, Jesus had to go through Samaria on the way.

This was the shortest route from Judea to Galilee but not the usual way. The other route was through Perea, east of the Jordan River.  In Jesus’ day the Jews, because of their hatred for the Samaritans, normally took the eastern route in order to avoid Samaria.  But because He was on a divinely appointed schedule, it was necessary that Jesus go through Samaria. (The Bible Knowledge Commentary & The Bible Exposition Commentary)

Why? Because He would meet a woman there and lead her into saving faith, the kind of true faith that would affect an entire village.

A divinely appointed schedule…

It’s no surprise to us that Jesus had a divinely appointed schedule; after all, He was God.

What if I told you that you and I have a divinely appointed schedule as well?

When I’m having a day that seems like a complete disaster I try to remember…

1. What the Bible says about my schedule–

  • Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
  • Psalm 37:23- The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
  • Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
  • Proverbs 16:9- We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
  • Isaiah 30:21- Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
  • Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

2. To look for the Divine Appointment

Did the change happen to

  • Protect me or my loved ones
  • Share Jesus with someone
  • Teach me a spiritual truth
  • To set up an opportunity
  • To make a way for me to bless someone
  • To lighten the load of my day
  • To test my trust in God’s promises

3. To work with God not against Him in my divine appointments

  • Relax
  • Pray
  • Trust

4. That changes in other people’s schedule may be divine appointments for them

  • Giving them grace may be my part in their divine appointment
  • I can’t believe these promises for myself and not believe them in the lives of others

So, as you begin your day…

make your plans

and

determine your schedule

…but rest in the knowledge that the God of the universe will order your steps and get His will and purpose accomplished in your life.

We trust you Lord!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 3:23a; John 4:46-54; Luke 4:16-30; Mark 1:16-20; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37; Mark 1:29-34; Matthew 8:14-17; Luke 4:38-41; Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44; Matthew 4:23-25

If God has ever Answered a Prayer for You Press Like—John 2:23-25

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 1:12-13; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-15; John 1:19-2:25

This morning on Facebook I saw a group to join:

If God has ever answered a prayer for you press like…

I guess this is the new way of testifying in today’s world of social networking.

The explosion of communications devices and technology in the past decade has substantially expanded the amount of public dialogue related to all kinds of issues, including religion. Yet, even though Americans spend lots of time discussing and debating religious beliefs and spiritual practices, a new survey by The Barna Group shows that all of that interaction has translated into very little change in people’s faith life.

Of all the adults randomly sampled for the nationwide survey, just 7% said they could think of any religious beliefs, practices, or preferences they had altered during the past five years. (Click here for full article)

The majority of people in our country are willing to admit that God has answered a prayer for them, but they’re not willing to live for Him or change for Him.

When Jesus was on the earth He came across the same problem:

Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him.  But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature.  No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like. John 2:23-25

Have you ever seen a miracle?  How did it affect you?

Did you get caught up in the emotion of the moment and make promises you couldn’t keep?

That’s exactly what happened at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.

  • Jesus performed miracles in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration
  • Many began to trust in Him

There’s nothing wrong with beginning to trust Jesus because of a miracle; the problem begins when we “trust the miracle instead of Jesus.”

There’s another piece to the story…

Some of the people in Jerusalem were probably trusting Jesus “to get a miracle.”

Lord, I’ll serve you if…

Lord, I’ll believe you if…

Lord, I’ll change my behavior if…

Lord, I’ll trust you if…

The word trust in John 2:23 and trust in John 2:24 are the same Greek word—pisteuo, which means believe. These people believed in Jesus, but He did not believe in them! They were “unsaved believers”! It was one thing to respond to a miracle but quite something else to commit oneself to Jesus Christ and continue in His Word. (The Bible Exposition Commentary)

Friends, it time to be forever changed from seeing Jesus.  Jesus told us exactly what He expected in John 8:30-32.

Then many who heard him say these things believed in him. Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. (Emphasis mine)

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not being trustworthy.  Help us to live a life that reflects our belief and trust in you.  Show us the areas that You want us to change.  Help us to grow in our desire to serve you each day and to remain faithful to Your teachings.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen.


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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  John 3:1-4:45; Luke 3:19-20

Sentenced to Silenced by Three Words—Luke 1:18


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 1:1a, Luke 1:1-4; John 1:1-18; Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38; Luke 1:5-38

In Luke 1, two absolute, no-doubt miracles were announced by the angel Gabriel.

  • Zechariah and Elizabeth were going to have a son— But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.  You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.  And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.  He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” Luke 1:13-17
  • Mary, a virgin was also going to have a son—Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.  And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Luke 1:29-33

Two announcements, two sons, two miracles…

Two responses, similar, but oh, so different:

  • ZechariahZechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Luke 1:18 (emphasis mine)
  • MaryMary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Luke 1:34

Both asked how…

Both knew it was naturally impossible…

But Zechariah’s three additional words ———->        I be sure…

…caused him to be silenced for nine months.

You would think that the presence of an angel and the announcement of God’s Word would encourage Zechariah’s faith, but they did not. Instead of looking to God by faith, the priest looked at himself and his wife and decided that the birth of a son was impossible. (The Bible Exposition Commentary)

Mary believed what was far harder without a sign.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant.

May everything you have said about me come true.” Luke 1:38

But before we criticize Zachariah too much, we should examine ourselves and see how strong our own faith is.

When we need a miracle do we look to—

  • Ourselves, like Zechariah, where the impossible is not possible?
  • To God, like Mary, where nothing is impossible?  (Luke 1:37)

Heavenly Father, help our unbelief (Mark 9:24).  Help us to expect the miraculous.  We are your servants.  May everything you have said about us come true (Luke 1:38)

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen.


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Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-80; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40

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