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Daily Devotionals

Day 28 – Issue 19

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Be Still Know

Luke 1:28 NLT

Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Much has been written about the obedience of Mary, a teenage girl who, following this exchange with the angel Gabriel, gave over her life to the will of God. Flattered, fearful, confused, whatever her emotional condition, Mary had to make a decision, without wider consultation or time for further consideration of possible implications. She recognised God in this encounter and said “yes”.

I remember when God requested that I choose to follow him. I too consulted no one and was unaware of the implications of a simple “yes”. Three years later, struggling with my faith and hearing of the promised Holy Spirit, I responded again and was given an opportunity to hold back. Waiting to be prayed for, the preacher paused and refused to pray for me, my girlfriend Katey by my side. He quietly said, “Go away and think about this, for if I pray for you, God will require of you everything that you have.”

Katey and I took a walk, and in response to her serious question of “What does this mean?”, I glibly said, “I don’t know, but let’s just go for this walk and then go back and get prayed for.” We returned an hour later and received prayer, accompanied by a deep and personal encounter with God. As I reflect upon these two incidents in my early life, I recognise how little understanding I had when saying “yes” to God.

As Mary stood at the foot of the cross watching her son die, I wonder what thoughts and emotions she experienced? Had she known her son’s path, and consequently her own, might she have hesitated longer at this unexpected request? That’s all speculation, and perhaps in much the same way as I brushed aside any reflection about the “everything” God required of me, Mary in humility, rather than my own youthful brashness, said “yes” as a simple act of obedience.

QUESTION: What are your reflections on your Christian journey? Have you encountered surprises?

PRAYER: Lord, may I say “yes” and be obedient to your call, whether large or small.

Written by: Matt Weet

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