What’s Your Response?

Placeholder ImageRead:  Luke 1:1-45

As I read through this passage, there are a few questions that come to mind:

“Zechariah and Mary both had similar responses to the angel appearing to them. They both asked ‘how,’ so why different responses?

As I read more, I realized that it was HOW they asked, and what they said when asking.

Zechariah’s response was much like that of Thomas’ in John 20. Let’s compare them:

“And Zechariah said to the angel, By what shall I know and be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” (Luke 1:18, AMPC)

“So the other disciples kept telling him, We have seen the Lord! But he said to them, Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hands into His sides, I will never believe {it}.” (John 20:25, AMPC)

Both of their responses to the situation required proof that it would happen.

But comparing Zechariah and Mary’s responses when they were presented with a promise from God, I realize that there are two responses WE can have: doubt or faith.

And the question steamrolls through:

“What is my response to God’s Promises?”

I’ve had both responses. Probably more Zechariah’s than Mary’s, but hey, there’ve been a few Mary’s.

When I was a young teenager, I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I took medication up until a few years ago when I was confident I had heard from the Lord to no longer take it. When I was presented with the promise of healing, I was as Mary was: “Let it be to me as you have said.” (I have been off medication for over two years and was recently released from the label, and have had no issues).

I wish all of my responses were Mary responses. Unfortunately, there are some areas where ole Zechy comes through.

“How can I be sure that you’ll take care of me?”

As if He isn’t bigger than what I’m going through. I don’t know why I think that He wouldn’t take care of me, but He’d heal me of a disorder I had for twelve years.

I don’t know what your circumstances are, or what it is that you’re needing, but God’s promises are true. They are yours to cling to, and to stand on as a child of the Most High God.

His promises aren’t “yes, but only certain ones that I choose for you.” His promises are “YES AND AMEN” for all of us.

May I encourage you, dear one, to respond to God’s promises as Mary did?

“And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, AMPC)

May it be to me as you have said. 

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

May it be to me as you have said.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, NIV)

May it be to me as you have said.

Oh, how our response would change the dynamic of the peace in our hearts! As Luke 1:37 AMPC says:

“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”

Dear one,

BLESSED are YOU who have believed that what the Lord has said to you will be accomplished! (Luke 1:45)

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