‘How can this happen?’ Luke 1:34 NLT
The Bible says, ‘Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.”’ (Luke 1:34–35 NLT) Has God been telling you things He wants to do through you, but you’re looking at yourself and thinking, ‘How can this happen?’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have the training, the resources, the skill, or the connections. And I certainly don’t have the strength to accomplish it alone.’ If you’re wondering how God will bring it all to pass, remember that He will accomplish it! No one else will get the credit. How will it happen? ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.’ (Luke 1:35 NLT) The Holy Spirit can impregnate you with a vision, inspire you with creative ideas, introduce you to the right people, and empower you to do the job. God had a unique plan for Mary, and He has one for you too. You aren’t privileged to see the future and you don’t know all that God has in store for you. But He has a plan. After the angel spoke to Mary, notice what she said: ‘Be it done to me according to your word.’ (Luke 1:38 NAS) Not according to your social status, or your job description, or your finances, or what you deserve. No! ‘Be it done to me according to your word.’ Was that easy to say or believe? No! She was taking an extreme risk. To be pregnant and unmarried brought dire consequences in those days. Yet she gave herself willingly to God—and the results were miraculous. And God can do the same for you.
SoulFood: Is 7:14, Lk 2:1–7, Mic 5:2–5a, Is 9:6–7
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023