I can’t tell you how many times I have read the book of Luke. Last year I took the December challenge of reading a chapter a day until Christmas Eve. If you didn’t read last month and even if you did, why not start this year off in the Word.
That is the plan for the next 24 days as I share the thoughts I contemplated as I read each chapter, some thoughts I had for the very first time:
Chapter 1 – If being visited by an angel was not enough, Gabriel tells Mary she and her virgin self will have a son and that her cousin who is past child-bearing will also have a son.
“And listen, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.” 36 AMP
Think about this for a moment. There are no ultrasounds so finding out the sex of a baby is a no go in those days except of course if you are visited by the angel of the Lord! Also, no phones or faxes so Mary would not have known about Elizabeth’s pregnancy. There was no easy or modern way for communication. But, nothing is impossible with the Lord just as the next verse referring to Elizabeth getting pregnant in her old age says: “For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” 37 AMP
Side note: this verse is often taken out of context. Always keep its intent in mind when you hear it. That the impossible happening was response to Mary asking: “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?” 34 The news of Elizabeth being pregnant helped Mary understand a virgin birth is possible with God too.
Isn’t it just like God and His perfect timing to have both the old woman and the young pregnant at the same time. Both visited by the same angel. Both pregnant miraculously. Both going to have boys. Both able to relate in a way others around them could not because of their divine encounters.
Our God is in the details. He is coordinating and orchestrating all for our good. Never doubt His plan or the process. When we open our eyes wide, we often will see how He truly is The God of the impossible and the details prove it.
Look for God in all and let His light shine bright in your life so you can…
Food for thought and a challenge for you, go back to Luke 1 and find at least three people filled with the Holy Spirit before the birth of Christ. Please post in the comments.
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