Luke 1 chronicles the miraculous conception and birth of two boys, John and his cousin who you’ve probably heard of, Jesus. Both were surrounded by questions and impossibilities that we should learn from…
In Luke 1, an angel appears to Zechariah and foretells the miraculous birth of his coming son, who was to be named John (a.k.a. “John the Baptist”). Zechariah, understandably caught off guard, questions the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” (Luke 1:18)
The angel sharply rebuked Zechariah, then caused him to be unable to speak for the next 9 months until the birth of his son!
Later in Luke 1, a similar scene takes place… an angel appears to Mary and foretells the miraculous birth of her coming Son, who was to be named Jesus (a.k.a. the Savior!). Mary, understandably caught off guard, questions the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
Zechariah doubted God’s ways and was rebuked.
Mary wondered about God’s ways and was rewarded.
There will be many things God wants to do in and through your life that are impossible on your own. It’s certainly ok to ask questions – God isn’t scared by your questions. Mary asked and the angel answered. Zechariah’s rebuke didn’t happen because he questioned, but because he doubted.
You don’t have to know HOW when you know WHO.
When you know WHO wants to do the impossible through you, you don’t have to struggle with not understanding HOW He will accomplish it.
Here’s the response we should all aim to have:
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
Luke 1:38 (ESV)
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