Chair Time Reflections - December 17, 2018

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Persistence In Prayer 

Posted by: Miki Earle
Sermon Text: Luke 1: 26 – 38
Focus Verse: Luke 1:38  “And Mary said, ‘Behold I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’"
“Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Mary was not merely a Hebrew woman. She was a woman who had a relationship with the Most High God. Her faith had already marked her in the eyes of God. I have often wondered if I would have had the faith, the courage, to respond to the angel that night as Mary did. Notable is that not once did Mary question if what was told to her would actually happen, only how it would happen. Did questions flood her mind or fear grip her heart as she considered the ramifications of the angel’s message? She could not know in that moment if Joseph would believe her or reject her, if her family would shun her or if shame would follow her for the remainder of her life.

But the formation of Mary’s faith had set in her heart a dependence on the sovereignty of God. The stories she had heard all of her life had been received as the foundation of her own identity; the accounts of a father on the edge of a mountain preparing to sacrifice his promised son, of a reticent man leading a nation to the edge of a great water waiting for God to part the waters, and of a young boy with 5 smooth stones and a slingshot. 

Mary’s faith was not a descriptor of her but rather it was the source  of who she was. So when the angel said, “For nothing will be impossible with God,” Mary knew it to be true. Not from fear and not even from courage, but from the core of who she was, she answered, “Behold I am the servant of the Lord: let it be to me according to your word.”
Scripture Meditations for this week:
Tuesday: Hebrews 11
Wednesday: Mark 9:23
Thursday: Matthew 21:22
Friday: 1 Corinthians 2:5 
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