Luke Chapter One –
The first chapter of Luke’s story is not only amazing but I find it inspiring. A woman named Elizabeth is barren. She and her husband, though they had lived according to God’s plan for their life, had never been blessed with children and year after year they dealt with the disappointment of infertility but they remained faithful to God.
God saw, God knew, and as He is still, God is in the business of the miraculous. He took this simple man and woman of God, who had struggled for so long, and gave them a son named John that would become the one to proclaim the Messiah was coming. A cousin was coming, but He would be like no other for He was the Son of God.
Then we see a second story of an angel announcing a coming birth. This one to Elizabeth’s younger cousin, Mary. Again, God does the miraculous and Mary conceives a son, but this One was the long-awaited Messiah. And the story of love coming to earth begins.
As I read through this familiar story once again, there are always things that stand out.
Verse 3 – Luke tells why he is writing this letter - “It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”
We all need a friend like Luke who wants us to know the truth. And we all need to be a friend like Luke, too. He investigated everything carefully. He pored over the prophecies leading up to this moment. He studied all that had happened to make sure it was the “exact truth.” These words inspire me to know all the truth, the exact truth. And then to be that kind of friend that wants a friend to know that truth, too. I know it will require time, study, and effort, but I want to be that person who makes the time for the One who took the time to come and save me.
The second phrase that impacted me was in verse 37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” And I wonder, how much do I hinder God from doing the possible because of my lack of faith, my fear, or my plain old disobedience?
God wants to do the miraculous in each of our lives and with Him nothing is impossible. As we begin this Advent Season let us be ones to whom God finds favor. The ones who seek for the exact truth. The ones who walk with more faith, less fear and true obedience.
God bless you today and in this holiday season of the miraculous.