This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Mark 9:23 (NIV)
Today, I am thinking about how God wants us to believe in His miracles. I was reading in the book of Luke and I began to compare Zechariah and Mary’s responses to the angel of the Lord appearing before them.
When looking closely at the Scripture, one learns that Zechariah was a priest and that he worshiped God often. In fact, the Scriptures say that he obeyed all of God’s commandments. Therefore, it is clear that Zechariah was a very faithful man.
However, when the angel of the Lord appeared before him, he was overwhelmed with fear. The angel encouraged him to not be afraid and told him that God was going to bless him and his wife, Elizabeth, with a son who they should name John. The angel told Zechariah that he would enjoy much happiness due to his new son and that many people would rejoice at the child’s birth.
But this priest, this man of faith, responded with doubt. He asked the angel how he could know for sure that this would all occur.
Because of Zechariah’s doubt, the angel told him that he would not be able to speak until his son, John, was born.
On the other hand, Mary, mother of Jesus, responded to the angel of the Lord much differently. Her response was simply, “I am the Lord’s servant, may everything you have said come true.”
This prompts me to wonder if we are believing in God’s miracles all the time, or if we are vacillating about whether or not we believe. In reality, we should always have the same certainty and faith that Mary demonstrated, rather than the doubt and fear that overcame Zechariah.
So, the next time doubt begins to creep in, let us cling to these words, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 (NIV)
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So today, remember to keep doubt out.