Christmas Devotion: Surrender || Day 2

Day 1 || Surrender — Click Here

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the

Lord would do what he said.”

46 Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. 50 He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. 51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. 52 He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. 54 He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. 55 For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham

and his children forever.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home. 57 When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son. 58 And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her. 59 When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. || Luke 1:39-59 (NLT)

Look around you. What is it in your life that brings you joy? This isn’t a “church answer” time. It’s OK to say something like, “my car,” or “my family,” or even “cheerleading,” or “football,” or “my guitar.” Many things in our lives make us happy. Some of them we think about often (like family or friends). Some of them we may kind of take for granted (like food or our health).

Mary wasn’t about to take anything for granted.

Again, she just had a pretty amazing interaction. So, she headed over to see her cousin, Elizabeth. Elizabeth had some pretty cool news of her own: she was pregnant with her first children when most women her age had one foot in the grave. (Elizabeth would give birth to John the Baptist.) When Mary and Elizabeth saw each other and shared their news, Mary burst into a meaningful song of thankfulness.

One of the truths about our relationship with God is that He is our provider. He is the giver of good things. He is the source of all your blessings: your health, your life, your shelter, your food, and so on. Sure, God might not pay your family’s mortgage each month, or put gas in your car. But the money your family earns? The job your mom or dad has? Maybe even the job you have? It’s yours through God’s grace. All good things come from God.

Mary seemed to have a firm grasp on this. Do you?

Are you in the habit of realizing what God has given you and then making sure He hears your thankfulness? It starts with stepping back and seeing that God has given you more than you could ever imagine. When you understand this, praise and thankfulness come naturally.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT…

  • List your blessings. Seriously. Do it. It’s fun. Think of everything good in your life and write them down. (Or at least write a few of them.)
  • Now, tell God thank you. No, really. Stop and thank God for giving you all of these things.
  • Why do you think an awareness of what you have and an attitude of thankfulness is so vital to a healthy relationship with God?

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