A Glory Seed Devotional
Getting back to the basics…
What may indeed be the second shortest verse in the bible may also be among the most prophetic and powerful verses providing the foundation of HOPE to build our lives on. “Nothing is impossible for God!” (Luke 1:37, CEV) What sets this verse in motion as prophetic and powerful is who spoke them; they are the words of the Angel Gabriel to Mary Jesus’ mother.
We live our lives on the possibility of overcoming the impossibilities that life presents to us. When faced with the impossible we seek ways and means of overcoming them. One of the most effective ways of overcoming the impossible is through education. Another way of overcoming the impossible closely related to education is self discipline. Still another way of overcoming the impossible is through seeking help from others.
Perhaps the greatest impossible need we face on a daily basis is the impossible ongoing task of knowing and experiencing God intimately. There may be times when we think we’ve got God all figured out and then life throws us the impossible and Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to remind us, “Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, CEV)
When we encounter the God we thought we knew but suddenly all we see is “cloudy picture” Jesus also reminds us, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” God, knowing our impossibility of knowing and experiencing him intimately did the impossible and came into our lives in nearly the same manner we were born. This will be my 68th Christmas and with each passing year I find myself still seeking a deeper intimacy with God yet through my relationship with Jesus it is no longer impossible. And strange as it may seem it has been the impossibilities life has thrown at me and continues to throw at me that are the motivators to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus.
“On us who live in the dark shadow of death this light will shine to guide us into a life of peace.” (Luke 1:79, CEV) Prior to Jesus’ birth the world was shrouded in spiritual darkness and hope was obscured by the impossibilities accompanying the darkness. With Jesus’ birth the impossible hope became possible as the spiritual darkness gave way to the Light of Christ.
God opened up the heavens and the womb of a young woman and made a humble entrance not just in the world but our lives as well. Yesterday was the first day of Advent, for me Advent is a period of time where I can make yet another pilgrimage to the manger and allow the Holy Spirit to take me deeper into the birth, life, death, and resurrection of my God-in-the-flesh, Jesus.
Learning, knowing, and experiencing Jesus is a lifelong quest. Never abandon it, NEVER!
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (John 8:12, CEV)
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”