If you have read the past two posts, then you know that I recently made a difficult decision out of obedience to God. These types of decisions are often difficult, but it is of vital importance that we are obedient, even if we don’t understand.
I have repeatedly mentioned the example of Abram. When God called Abram, he did not say where Abram was going, he just told him to leave. So Abram left. This morning as I was reading my Bible I came across another beautiful example of obedience and the attitude that we should have. In Luke chapter 1 we read about when an angel visited Mary and told her that she was going to be pregnant. Mary didn’t understand what the angel was saying. In Mary’s mind what the angel was saying was impossible, it didn’t make any sense. How could Mary, who had never been with a man, be pregnant? This was the question that Mary asked the angel. The angel then explained that the Holy Spirit “will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
Oh, that makes perfect sense.
The truth is that this probably didn’t make a whole lot of sense to Mary. I’ve been a nurse for a little over 13 years and I understand how babies are made and the explanation that the angel gave doesn’t sound anything like what I learned in nursing school. Obviously Mary also had at least a basic knowledge of how babies are made cause she told the angel that she had never been with a man. But, this is where the beauty of this story comes in. In spite of all this Mary says,
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38 (NIV)
Do you see why I find this to be such a beautiful example of obedience? Do you see what I refer to in the title of this post, an Attitude of Obedience? You see Mary didn’t need to understand HOW this was going to work. She simply trusted what the angel said, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
There are times in our lives when God calls us to make decisions that may not seem make any sense. During these times we may not understand HOW God can do what He is promising. But, we must remind ourselves, as the angel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.” So, as I face uncertain days. As I face a path that may not seem to make sense to me or to some of those around me. As I face instructions that I don’t understand. I echo the words of Mary:
I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.
Is your attitude like Mary’s when i comes to obeying God? Are you willing to do what God calls you to do, even if you don’t understand it? In those moments when God is calling you to do something that doesn’t seem to make sense can you say echo Mary’s words and say:
I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.Matt Norman
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