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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Inspired by . . . the Hope of His Coming Vol. 11

 

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Mary said, "My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Savior,

for He has remembered me, His lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy,

because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me.

His name is holy; from one generation to another He shows mercy to those who honor Him.
(Luk 1:46-50)

 

After receiving a greeting and a blessing from her cousin Elisabeth, Mary begins her song of praise. It seems clear to me that Mary understood the angel’s message. She was to be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah. Why else would people call her blessed?

Yet we know her understanding was not complete. Twelve years later when she finds her runaway son in the temple, she is hurt and confused by His actions. Luke 2:51 tells us that although Mary did not understand, she treasured up all that had happened in her heart. She was content to wait for understanding.

There is a saying, If it be not intelligible, it is not valuable. But this is not so with God. He does not always give us a complete view, or understanding of a situation or task. His word is not always completely clear to us. But it is always valuable, and that which we do not understand now, should be treasured up for later.

 

So when He was raised from death,

His disciples remembered that He had said this,

and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said.
(Joh 2:22)

 

Has He given you a task that you first responded to with JOY and praise, but now the path has become unclear and you’re wondering what to do next? Is there a scripture {or ten} that perplexes you? A hard teaching you’re struggling to accept?

Let us take a lesson from Mary and treasure up these things, content to wait for His timing. Yes, even the hard things, the things that can make us doubt. Because we know our God is good, and just and right.

 

We can trust Him with our waiting.

We can honor Him with our patience.

 

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Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him
(Psa 37:7)

 

Blessings,

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3 comments:

  1. I used to feel so much pressure when I didn't understand something. But I have been learning that sometimes, God wants me to experience something so that I might fully understand. And often times, this means waiting for this experience to arrive. I love this post!

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  2. This is so well written, June, and I'm sure will bless many.

    I have the waiting part down, not needing all the answers right away. Or ever. My heart is completely humbled toward God. The problem is, when I'm explaining this to an unbeliever--my dad, for instance. Whether God helped me eventually accept, or I decided on my own to trust unwaveringly, it's a little difficult to explain to an atheist. It's even complicated for new Christians. I guess just pray for them? That's all I know to do.

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  3. Waiting is a real act of trust isn't it? It's one of the hardest things to do. Thanks for this!

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