Perseverance of the saints

December 21st, 2010

Quick!  Without looking it up first!  Where in the Bible is this phrase found?

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

We use that so commonly for any big thing we hope God will do.

Anybody know its context?

Great men of the Old Testament, doing mighty deeds in the name of the God of Israel before the heathen peoples?  Toppling kingdoms and performing signs and wonders?  Maybe Moses?  Samson?  Daniel?

If we could strip everything else away and look at the Christian walk in its most bare, raw, basic form, we would see a “Yes,” and a “No.”  And grace.

It’s like this.

My Father comes to me and says, “This is what I have for you next.”

Any number of feelings and questions might arise within me.

“How will this be?” Mary asked.

He answers, “I will accomplish it.”

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Then I will turn either to the “Yes,” or to the “No.”

If I say, “No?”

I will have failed to obtain the grace of God.  And if it’s the habit of my life to say “No,” to God, I am not His follower.

If I say “Yes?”

That is grace.

The “Yes” is what Mary said to Gabriel.

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

When she said “Yes” to God’s plan, she knew it meant “No” to any other vision she had ever had for her own future.

She said “Yes” to giving up her bodily comfort, her “me” time, her desire to fit in, her right to be understood and respected by everyone around her, her previous idea of what her life meant.

She knew all that, and she said “Yes.”

She did not speak a grudging “Yes.”  She knew that to say “Yes” to God is to say “Yes” to being in a privileged place.

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant…for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.”

I say “Yes,” to Him, too.  This minute, I say “Yes.”

Now that minute is gone, but I still say “Yes.”

No matter what He has for me next…

…and that will always mean loving God with everything I have, and loving others more than myself…

…refusing to become offended by someone else’s rudeness…turning a blind eye to the stuff and focusing on the people…waiting when I want to rush ahead…praising Him on little sleep…really listening to my child rather than being absorbed in my own thoughts…admitting I was wrong and asking forgiveness…letting go of my own will again, and embracing His…cheerfully getting up from my easy chair to do the job nobody enjoys…

all flowing out of me because His grace is flowing into me, and not because I think I should earn brownie points with God… 

…Oh Lord, help me to say “Yes.”

I want to say “Yes” to you.  I am Yours.  You will give me Your grace.  I will be in a privileged place.  You will do great things for me.

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Holy is His name.

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6 Responses to “Perseverance of the saints”

  1. Felicity says:

    This was so good to read!

  2. Patti says:

    That HAS to be my favoritest picture of Verity ever!!

  3. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Loved the post.  I have loved that passage and all that it carries for a long time.  Thank you for those precious reminders.  That picture of Verity is so gorgeous!  WOW!  Hug her for me!

  4. Yes, Verity is simply beautiful!!  :D  Another encouraging post!

  5. Tami Ann says:

    way too precious photo

  6. Joy Horton says:

    Oh, my, our precious Verity! Folding her hands!!! And that SWEET smile!!! I know you’re kissing her plenty, Susanna, but give her 100 more from Auntie Joy!

    And I LOVE Mary’s whole attitude of “yes”. Excellent reminder. Thank you!

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