"For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
A. M. NOTES are all about Christmas.
"CAN I DO WHAT GOD ASKS?"
Gabriel has come to Mary, the mother of our Lord, in Nazareth. And he has brought to her some very troubling news.
"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." (Luke 1:30-31)
Mary is a teenager, living at home with what were probably some very orthodox Jewish parents. She had been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She had been trained up in the ways of God. How do I know this? God doesn't use heathens who are pagan and wicked to do important works for Him! And this mission very likely ranks near the top of the list of important works!
Immediately, Mary finds herself in a complex web of conflict.
1) She is just a girl.
2) She has plans of her own for her life.
3) What's her parents going to say? "How shall I breach this subject with them? 'Oh, by the way, uh, mom and dad, I was kinda visited by an angel, and he said I was going to have a baby, and, like, He is going to be the Messiah, the Son of God.'"
4) And then, there is Joseph! How is she going to be able to tell Him about all of this?
5) Then there are the neighbors! And extended family members! What will they think about all of this?
6) Lastly, she asks herself, "Can I do this?"
God's will for our lives will always bring some measure of conflict into our lives. That is inevitable!
But, the question of, "Can I do this?" The answer is always yes, and Amen.
"For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37) God will never ask you to do anything unless He knows you can do it!
So, let the dangling tongues of the Nabobs wag, and be faithful to God's mission for your life!
From my heart to your heart.