Tuesday, July 21, 2009

John the Baptist - Because I Said So.

Luke 1:45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

Raising kids is a difficult task. Ask any parent (or grandparent) who has accepted the responsibility of teaching their child right from wrong. It's a long tedious process of discipline and reward that never seems to end. No loving parent enjoys discipline, but the long-term reward that it produces is beyond measure. And when your child actually comes to you for advice and follows it, the bond that is formed in that moment - one of love and respect, builds that relationship. I think the same is true of God and His children - if we choose to listen and learn, the reward is beyond measure.

When Elizabeth was told that she, a barren woman, would conceive - she could have spent that time doubting and worrying and fussing over what was to happen. When she actually did conceive, she could've spent the next nine months afraid of miscarriage, wondering if what God had promised would actually be fulfilled. But that's not what Elizabeth did - she praised God when she got news she would be pregnant - when she actually conceived, she spent months thanking God alone (wonder how Zechariah felt about this) and when she meets up with Mary she has a realization:

God had blessed them both because they heard and they believed and they never doubted.

Often times I second-guess the choices I make or the ones I'm about to make - but I truly believe it's because I didn't spend enough time in prayer before making it. When we make decisions after we've gone to the Lord and waited for His answer, those are the times to be confident - not only will you be blessed because God's answer will always have a better outcome, but you are blessed because you've been able to grow in your relationship with Him.

2 wonderful insights:

Edie said...

I am sure God sent me over here to read this this morning. Thank you for this message.

I haven't had much time for blogging these days. Missing your wonderful studies.

Much love to you Dorothy! I hope all is well.

Kay Martin said...

Bless you, Dorothy. I read a leadership book recently and they mentioned a strong leader can make decisions with confidence. I wrestle with this on some things. As I reflected on this I thought of the foolishness of believers have a conflict on decisions. We have the Book: the Bible. We have connection through prayer with Holy God. Your post lines up with all I've been reminding myself that is mine.

God bless you beautiful woman of God.