Advent – Luke 1: 18 – Everything is possible

Zecharia is told by an angel that his wife will have a son even though she is in her old age.

18 Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.’

I’m never quite sure how to read this verse. But I think it would be true to say that  Zechariah has moved on from his disappointment regarding having a son, to thinking, “Is this not too good to be true? ” When God has put some amazing possibilities in our heads and our hands, how often do we say, “How can this be?” These verses remind me that God is the God of big projects as much as the God of small everyday issues. God as we will see in chapter two is the God of the impossible.

Let’s be careful never to undermine the hand of God at work in our lives and the lives of others. Let’s be careful that we don’t dismiss God’s angels, his messengers of good news. God hears our prayers and we should not be surprised when he brings about outcomes in our lives that are totally unexpected, unrealistic and unchangeable. Perhaps the message is, “It’s time to get with God’s programme — it will happen with or with you.” It’s time to believe the angels. (With or with you is intentional…)

Lord Jesus,

Today I’m stepping out in faith

I’m believing the angels

Believing you want the best for me

Believing the best of my dreams

Rejecting the worst of my nightmares

Lord Jesus,

Today I’m stopping asking how all this will happen

Instead, I’m believing why this will happen

Believing it is your love that surrounds my life

Receiving the joy in preparing for an amazing Christmas

Lord Jesus

Today I’m bringing each member of my family to you

For an Advent blessing

Naming them before you

Believing you want the best for them

Light a candle of hope in each of their hearts

by Albert Bogle, Minister of Sanctuary First

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