Tuesday, December 10, 2019

how will you respond?

Re-constructed excerpts from Hannah Brencher's Advent study, day 10:

Mary’s response is faith, never fear, throughout the entire story. I love that she never questioned her place in the story. She thought it through and asked some hard questions but ultimately her response was, "I am the Lord's servant so I will go wherever he leads me." 

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Another faith giant from the Bible, Moses, had a completely opposite response to God using him in such a big way and I want to emphasize it for one second because there is something there for us today. When God outlined his plans to use Moses, Moses responded by saying, "Who am I that you would use me?" He doubted. He responded out of fear. 

But do you know what God said back to his question? He simply said, "I will be with you."

Not "you are the right one."
Not "you have it what it takes."
But "I will be with you." 

He did not stroke Moses' ego or build up his self-esteem. He pointed back to himself to remind Moses that his power would come through the One who was with him. 

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Every day, I can choose to glorify God for what He's doing or I can script a solo story where everything is left to weigh upon my shoulders. One path leads to peace. The other path? Well, it’s not only a false story but it's also a lonely one. 

In your own story, you will often be faced with the same choice: faith or fear. Faith that God will do it or fear that it's all up to you.

He makes no mistakes. He never gets it wrong. He’s not playing head games with you. He does not spoil his children only to pull the rug out from underneath them. 

He walks with you. He covers you. He goes before you and follows behind you.

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You have a choice though. Every single day. Faith or fear. How will you respond?

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