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Today’s Scripture – June 9, 2017

Luke 1:39-45 (NIV) At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

While Mary sorted all of this out, she decided that she would make the journey to the hill country of Judea near Jerusalem to see Elizabeth, and to witness for herself what God was doing. This was no lack of faith on her part, but a simple desire to see for herself the miracle that Gabriel had told her about. And Mary hoped to find in Elizabeth, as one who had experienced God’s power in her own body to do something impossible, someone with whom she could openly discuss her own experience.

As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice, the baby jumped in her womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit, instantly seeing things that were invisible to other eyes, able to understand things that were hidden, and given clear words to speak God’s truth boldly.

For example, Elizabeth knew that Mary was pregnant, and that the baby she was even then carrying was the Lord, the promised Messiah. Because of that, Mary, as the one whom God had selected for this role, was truly the most blessed woman who had ever lived. And she also knew that there had been a moment when Mary had had to trust in God’s word, and to say agree to His plan for her life. She knew that when that moment had come, Mary had trusted and agreed.

Elizabeth was surprised at Mary’s unexpected arrival, but she was glad that she had come for the same reasons that Mary had decided to make the trip. Here now was a woman who could relate to what she herself was experiencing; a woman with whom she could compare notes and with whom she could talk about things that no one else would really understand.

Father, by putting the urge in Mary’s heart to take the long journey south, You provided support and encouragement for both women during critical phases of their supernatural pregnancies. For Elizabeth, that support and encouragement came at the end of her pregnancy, when there would be fear that something might still go wrong. For Mary, it came at the beginning, when she most needed assurance that she had chosen the right path, in spite of the complications that she knew lay in front of her. Such great love and compassion You have for Your people! Amen.

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Today’s Scripture – May 31, 2013

Isaiah 40:27-31 (NIV):  Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

It is not uncommon these days to hear people talk as if God were absent – a long way off, standing aloof and just watching the world slide down the drain.  People, even Christians, seem to feel like God is simply waiting and watching until it is time to send Jesus back to call an end to the whole sordid drama.  The Israelites felt the same way when He allowed them to be overrun by the nations around them.  They cried out to God, but seemed to receive no answer.

But God is the same today as He has always been.  He is the everlasting God.  He existed for eternal ages before He ever created the heavens and the earth, and He will continue to exist for eternal ages after the whole vast universe is swept away.  His strength is no less now than it has ever been.  A thousand years doesn’t steal away a single atom of His power and His might.  He does not grow tired or weary, and he is never confused or stymied by the events of the day.  He sees the end from the beginning, and is continually working His plan to bring salvation to the ends of the earth; working through all who are willing to shape themselves to His hand, and moving those who would defy His authority by His sovereign power.

We who rely on God will not only endure, but thrive, no matter what the circumstances.  We will be lifted up in His hands when the world tries to shove us down.  He will provide power when the world tries to prevent us from having any influence.  He will encourage our hearts when the events of this life try to steal all of our joy.  He will give us a solid place in His kingdom, and a job with eternal significance when this world tries to convince us that we are nothing more than a cosmic accident.  And He will provide supernatural strength, power, and endurance, so that we will always have all that we need to make it all the way to the finish line in our race.

 

Father, these are amazing and precious promises.  Thank You for all that You are, and for all that we can be in You!  Amen!

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