In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Luke 1
This is one of God’s accounts that is usually spoke about during Christmas. I want to give you another perspective and how to apply this to your life as it relates to our savior coming to earth. Here we see the Angel Gabriel was sent to give Mary a message that she had found favor from the Lord. When you get a word from God, it would be easy to get into pride or to even believe that life is easy and blissful. That is a false expectation and if we are not careful, when things get difficult we blame God and try to abandon our plan. Mary was to betrothed to Joseph, she was a virgin. Now she has supernaturally conceived a child. Imagine the stress and anxiety of having to tell your fiance that you are pregnant and the child does not belong to him?! Let’s examine Joseph for a moment. How devastating to be told that your fiance is pregnant and she is swearing that she has not slept with another man. Truth is certainly stranger than fiction. How many of us could be understanding enough to believe something impossible and stand by those we love? I do not believe anyone would be secure enough to sign up for that. Next, what about the shame that he would endure once the news was out. He would be mocked and ridiculed for taking an unclean woman as his wife. Why it’s just preposterous! The second miracle was about to take place, when Joseph was sleeping, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a vision and told him to not leave Mary and to marry her. When God is trying to have his will carried out, he will find a way to make his will known to each and every one of us. Notice here, God is not consulting any one else, only Joseph, which means that not every one is going to agree or to be on board with God’s plan. This is where we must be more concerned with carrying out God’s plan for us and pleasing him, not man. Mary must have felt the same shame or even greater, after all, she was pregnant outside of marriage. We still have stereotypes in our society, but can you imagine how embarrassed she must have felt as she must have been by rejected by people in her culture.
Finding favor from God for a specific purpose can prove to sometimes be difficult, you may be rejected and encounter disagreement from those around us. The word says that God knows the end from the beginning. When God gives us a vision, it’s always the end of a matter. When we reflect on Luke 1, the end result is our savior being born. Because of this historical event in history we have a living sacrifice that has promised us eternal life. God so loved us that he sent his only son! We focus on the end, but disregard the beginning and middle…..every aspect and decision was so crucial for being a perfect catalyst to birth this amazing miracle. What could have happened if Joseph decided not to obey and leave Mary? What if one tiny piece were different, how would it have impacted us?
This event is so applicable for us today. I have learned that my obedience to God is not always popular or easy. In fact, I find it difficult sometimes for people to even agree with me or understand. However, God only spoke something to me and he failed to include anyone else. At times, I have been called crazy, I have been misunderstood and falsely accused of having vain imaginations and not following God. When God spoke something to me, his message was with the ending in mind. At times my circumstances have looked less than me being blessed or favored of the Lord. I had no idea how the beginning and middle would play out. I have just held onto his promise that the end would come to pass. I believe that all dreams are tested to increase our faith.
I do know one thing, that each and every one of us has the opportunity to ‘birth’ God’s will for our lives. It is something that will impact the world for the better, yet we have no guarantee that the journey will be easy. You also have to keep in mind that we have an enemy that wants to stop the dream in you from ever coming to manifestation. He will use people to discourage you, he will lie to you that it’s taking too long, therefore, it’s never going to come to pass, he may even lie to you and make you believe that you heard wrong from God, if the dream involves more than 1 person, he will use division, or he may use a host of distractions through your health, job, children, etc. I have a strategy of my own that when I am being derailed, I dig in harder because I know that I am doing all the right things! Just keep this in mind, the enemy wants to thwart the dream and if you realize this, you will be successful at thwarting the enemy’s plan. He does NOT want you to make an impact on the world and so what you are doing is so important!! When King Herod heard that a savior was born, he set an edict to kill baby boys in Bethlehem at the age of 2 and under. In the scripture, God gave Joseph orders to escape……we have an escape plan too and that is Jesus! We can do all things through Him who strengthens us……we can birth amazing things for God. Nothing is impossible for God.