Friday, November 21, 2014

Extended Hope, 1: Mary's Story

“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:31-33, NLT).

When Mary was first approached by the angel Gabriel, she was a young, unsuspecting, unnoticed, and inexperienced young lady. She was living comfortably in her own obscurity in a land that was dominated by regrets and political oppression. Life was a constant reminder of what it used to be and could have been had they not turned from God. They were a people who were hopelessly waiting for hope.

Mary’s story would include a great extension of herself, her understanding, and her comfort. Hope was coming, but it would come from within. God is extending us to believe in a hope when we find ourselves in moments of hopelessness. Many times we are looking for that hope in other people, other places, and in other things. We feel hopeless, yet God, through Jesus, places a great hope within us. It will stretch our understanding and comfort, but hope really does change everything.

Extended Reading Option: Psalm 39:7

Extended Journal Option: How does hope or hopelessness describe how you feel about how God may use you on this trip?

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