Luke 1:37 (AMP)
"For with God noting is ever impossible, and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment."
The Christmas narrative is full of hope and promise, imagine not having a word from the scripture in over 400 years. Out of that silence breaks forth some of the most profound words that were ever uttered prior to the cross. When things appear to be silent, God breaks forward and brings forth words of hope and promise. The Amplified Bible brings real insight in its wording "With God nothing is ever impossible." This scripture was spoken to Mary as she contemplated all that the angel had said to her. The implication of what he said would be far reaching and completely life changing. The angel speaks to the situation that as far as God is concerned, nothing is ever impossible. In a day and age in which people are discouraged from having faith, this word stands out. It causes us to move beyond our unbelief and into "God's world of the impossible". The Amplified Bible goes on to say that no word from God will be without power. Every time the word of God goes out over our lives it comes with power. It is not weak or anemic, but it has the power to change us and also the course of our life.
Often people feel stuck. Their circumstances seem to hold them back from what they desire. This is where the word of God moves in power. It has a way of taking the restrictions from our lives and pulling us into God's possibilities. In verse 38, after hearing these words, Mary says, "Behold the hand maiden of the Lord." She understood the scope of the promise and presented herself in light of God's possibilities as a willing hand maiden. She goes on to say, "Let it be done to me." It is my prayer that during this Christmas season you would have her desire in your heart when you hear the promises of God's word to you. My prayer is that your response will be, "Let it be done to me." I find that people who, by simple faith, take the word of God and believe it will have different outcomes for their lives over and against those who would be skeptical with such promises. I would also draw your attention to the fact that God does speak into our lives, that He hasn't left us in silence. He has a word for you and that word will affirm you and also direct you into what He has.
Mary was a younger person. I would think that she would have been sheltered and probably very traditional in her belief system. Yet she had its capacity to listen and reason with the angel as to what would happen to her. The Christmas story tells me that God is not upset with our questions; in fact He will answer them as He did with Mary. He gives us the opportunity to think our way through the change that is coming.
The kingdom of God is full of change.
It means that we don't have to remain where we have been.
There is so much more to be had as we journey with God. We should listen to what the Holy Spirit would have us to know and understand. The word of God has the ability to illuminate us to God's possibilities. I am glad because He is that kind of God. He comes back to us and reassures us that there is nothing impossible for Him. In scripture, He challenges the hearts of men by saying, "Is there anything too hard for me?" I know that in the coming year there will be many unseen challenges for all of us. We do know that the same God who has been with us in this last year will continue to be all that we need Him to be for every challenge we will face. He has good things in store for us. I believe it is His desire to increase our faith toward Him. He does all things well and we know He will never leave us in this journey.
It is my wish that you have a very joyous Christmas season as you take time to celebrate Jesus' birth with your family. Our prayer is that the coming New Year will bring may blessings and that the presence of God will go with you.