Dear daughter, have you ever pondered these verses from Psalm 37 during the Christmas season?
“Commit your way to the LORD, trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” (Psalm 37:5-6, ESV)
In the fast-paced days of December, my thoughts often wander toward Mary. She, an imperfect, simple and pure-hearted girl, received a startling visit from the angel Gabriel in the midst of daily chores. From him, Mary received the incredible news. She was chosen to give birth to the Word made flesh.
Oh, how I love to be selected for a special assignment. I was thrilled when I recently received the email indicating I would have the privilege of sharing a weekly devotional with the Daughter of Delight Instagram community. Similarly, I’ve enthusiastically received other opportunities to teach a Bible study, to lead a women’s ministry, and to help organize women’s retreats.
But then the reality sets in. There is a weightiness to bearing the Word of God. It causes a trembling in my being and it should. It should create an awareness of my need for God. The magnitude of the privilege should cause me to go to my knees in reliance on Holy Spirit to complete the mission.
Yet, the enemy and self-talk whisper lies. The ‘what-ifs’ threaten, and if left unchallenged, fear would take root like weeds overwhelming a garden.
Surely, Mary had questions. Fear would have been natural. Yet, she chose to do the very thing I am currently challenged with – commit my way to the Lord, trust Him and know He will act for good on my behalf. Mary bowed her will and said,
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38, ESV)
So, what about me today as I go about the routine? Will I focus on all the things of life, which feel impossible? Will I allow myself to be taken down by the fear I’m too ordinary for such an important task?
Or will I choose to remember I am a daughter of the King, who has been selected (like Mary) for a supernatural mission? What about you, friend? Haven’t we been entrusted to bear The Word of God to a lost and dying world?
What if today we follow Mary’s example? What if we bow our will and commit our way to God? The Lord will complete the impossible. He will do it for me and for you. He will bring forth our righteousness as the light and our justice as the noonday.
I have the honor and privilege of writing weekly devotionals for Daughter of Delight on Instagram. This post with some slight variation was first posted as an original devotional for Daughter of Delight on Instagram – 12/2/2017.
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