Overwhelmed

LifeLink Devotional

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Luke 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be…?”

The older I get the busier I feel. I have figured out the reason: it’s because my human capabilities are diminished due to the physical limitations of age.

When busyness hits, my spirit is susceptible to faithless thinking. Projects and problems loom larger than they should when viewed through the lens of human capability.

One morning, on the way to the office, I was challenged by the words of Ron Hutchcraft.

Is there something big in your life right now? You say, “Man, this one is so tough, so big, so beyond me, I just honestly can’t see any way by any human plan or any human ability that this could ever happen. This mountain cannot move.” Well, Mary was there.

God’s answer to impossible situations is the same 2,000 years later. Mary’s question may be your question, “How will…” God’s answer, “He will.” “How will it be?” “The Holy Spirit will” is His answer. You don’t have to be the answer. You don’t have to create the answer. You don’t have to think up the answer.

The solution is God’s intervention, not man’s invention. As long as you try to face this challenge with human calculation you’re going to be overwhelmed. But Mary found something better than being overwhelmed; it’s overshadowed. The passage says, “You’ll be overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit.” You want to be overwhelmed? Well, you will be if you focus on your ability. Or you can be overshadowed by God’s power.

Understanding and accepting this gives you confidence. I can row into this storm right now because God’s power will be the difference, not mine. So, relax. Even if you’re in the middle of mission impossible right now, God is getting the solution ready.

Pastor John

 

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