Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 12-22-20

Luke 1:50-55
Mercy kisses all his godly lovers,
    from one generation to the next.
Mighty power flows from him
    to scatter all those who walk in pride.
Powerful princes he tears from their thrones
    and he lifts up the lowly to take their place.
Those who hunger for him will always be filled,
    but the smug and self-satisfied he will send away empty.
Because he can never forget to show mercy,
    he has helped his chosen servant, Israel,
Keeping his promises to Abraham
    and to his descendants forever.”

Mary’s praise in poetry and song continues in our lesson, today. Her words exalt the goodness, faithfulness, and power of God to bring salvation. When we compare God’s supernatural power to our limited human power, wisdom should always lead us toward surrender. Mary trusted God before she really experienced his promise. She believed before she saw the fruit of God’s Word revealed. How trusting are you of God’s love and support, today?

John Peterson wrote a song about the believer’s need to surrender to the power of God, “I Will Trust When I Cannot See.”

When I cannot understand God’s leading,
When I do not know the reason why
He should choose the path that lies before me,
Still to Him in faith I can reply:

I will trust when I cannot see,
When I’m faced with adversity,
And believe Your will is always best for me
I will trust when I cannot see.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for revealing Mary’s surrendered heart in your Word. She inspires me. May my faith please and exalt you and may you fill me as I hunger for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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