Have you ever marveled at how God did something in your life that you did not plan for? When we read the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, it's hard not to marvel at God, who he is and all that he does. One look at the genealogy in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 reveals God's incredible sovereignty throughout history to bring about the birth of Jesus the Messiah! Consider this 13 year old girl and her great faith and submission to God's will in the face of incredible opposition and uncertainty. It certainly qualifies as miraculous. The thing that inspires the songs of both Mary and Zechariah (father of John the Baptist) is the realization of who God is, God's “character”.
Key Verse: Isaiah 55:8, 9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Additional verses for meditation and study:
· Luke 1: 39-56, Psalm 8, 46
Prayerful time in God’s word:
This week we will be focusing on the character of God and giving him the praise and adoration that he is due. As you read and meditate on Scripture this week ask God to reveal himself to you. As you see Him through the word as well as in the world around you, give Him praise!
Read Luke 1:39-56
· Make a list of all the things that God does in this passage. What does each of these things reveal about who God is?
For example: Luke 1:41 "God caused the baby leaped and filled Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirt. What a gift undeserved and a joy or reassurance, clearly God is so very gracious!"
Special prayer discipline: Ask God to reveal himself to you in specific ways throughout the day, each day. When you see him at work in scripture and the world around you, name the character quality that is revealed. Give him praise and thanks when you identify it, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Don’t worry who can hear you!
Here is an Idea: Keep memorizing the Key verses. You might also consider asking a friend at church, or a spouse where they are seeing God at work and praising him together!