Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Luke 1:45 -- On Believing God's Promises

"And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord."
Luke 1:45

This verse is in the context of Mary and Elisabeth meeting, while they are both pregnant with Jesus and John respectively.  Elisabeth recognizes Mary as the mother of the Savior, and says this.
Believing is pretty much the key.  It was the key then, for Mary and also for Elisabeth, but it is also the key for us today.  We can learn the gospel really well, and we can even get down on our knees in front of the Lord, but if we don't believe, then all of it remains on the outside, and none of it touches us or has the power to convert us or change us.  In order to reach the blessings of the gospel, to make contact with God, or to become more than that outward shell, we have to believe what God promises.
Faith is really when those two things, belief and action, come together.  We can't just go through the motions our whole lives, and we can't just believe but never do anything about it... either way is empty.  When we're living right though, as Mary and Elisabeth were, and when we believe, as they did, then we have the winning combination... the formula that allows us to really connect with God, and to have the certainty that what he promises, whether through angels or prophets, will really happen.  Sometimes we need God's help in believing, or in acting, and that's okay.  He wants to help.
Today, let's work for the confidence in God that Mary and Elisabeth had.  Let's believe, and have faith that God will keep every promise.

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