“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened.”
For today's message, I thought I'd share with all of you this devotion my wife, Rachel, wrote...
When God shows up in the lives of his people, it is always amazing. It is always cause for praise. When he blessed Abraham and Sarah with a child in their old age; when he parted the Red Sea through Moses; when he saved Daniel from the lions; when he chose Mary, a virgin, to give birth to his only Son; when he came to our world in the form of an innocent, helpless baby to save us all...these are all miraculous acts of our awesome God!
God still shows up in our lives in amazing ways. Through our doubts, our fears, and even our pain, God is still present. We don’t have to have perfect faith to cry out to the Lord and ask him to answer our prayers. Scripture tells us even faith as small as a mustard seed can move God to act in mighty ways.
My husband, Trey, and I have been married for over 8 years, and have always wanted children. It has been quite a journey for us, full of many years of frustration, tears, doubt, and even resignation. I had given up of ever conceiving a couple of years ago. We began to look at other options as I had decided that it couldn’t happen. I had decided, not the Lord.
Why do we place limits on what God can do in our lives? Vulnerability and fear are the answers that come to my mind. The situations of our lives can sometimes can be so raw and emotional that we feel we can’t fully trust in the Lord and come boldly before him with our requests and the desires of our hearts. There can be that pesky voice inside our heads that asks, “but what if God doesn’t show up?”
Friends, we must silence that voice, because God is so much bigger than our fears. Jesus says, “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” (John 15:7) I have clung to this scripture and the promises of God’s faithfulness in the past several months. As I did this, my hope in the Lord returned. I began to pray and believe that though I might not be able, HE IS. He is the God of the impossible. All of scripture points to this fact. The God of Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Daniel, and Mary is WITH US. Christmas reminds us of how big God is, and how capable he is of things that may seem impossible.
I found out on November 14, 2017 that I am expecting! I know this is miraculous; I know this is God showing up in my life. Praise be to God, Immanuel! HE IS WITH US!