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Session 9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

Read: Luke 1:26-38

How many times have you looked at a situation and thought: There’s no way. This is impossible. 

Mary had the same thought when Gabriel came to her and said, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked, “since I am a virgin?”

Mary was young, poor, and female. All the odds said she wouldn’t do anything spiritually significant. And, being pregnant by the Holy Spirit sounded just as impossible then as it does today. Mary had never seen this done before. 

It was hard to believe the prophesied Messiah would be a carpenter's son and her baby. But Mary’s story doesn’t end in disbelief or disobedience. Mary responded by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant, Let it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). 

Mary had confidence in what she couldn’t see. In faith, she obeyed and was part of a miracle. She knew that she couldn’t do what Gabriel described, but God has no limitations. 

We aren’t strangers to impossible situations either. Many of us need Christmas miracles of our own. You might be thinking about your own life: 

I’ll never be financially secure. 
I’ll never get well. 
I’ll never become a parent.  

God is in the business of making the impossible our reality. Gabriel pointed Mary to her cousin Elizabeth’s late-in-life pregnancy as proof. Instead of focusing on our circumstances, we can follow Mary’s example and fix our eyes on who God is. Nothing is impossible with Him. 

Reflect:

  • What impossible situation are you facing?
  • Are you viewing that circumstance with faith or fear? 
  • What is one step can you take today to trust God to do the impossible?

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