Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Questioning God

During Advent I like to take time to think more deeply about the Christmas story. I'm sure when Mary thought more about what the angel told her about her son being on the throne of David and ruling Jacob's house, she envisioned a very different picture than what actually happened. God shared His true plans for Jesus and yet not the detailed picture of what that would be. I imagine she pictured a King ruling Israel, like King David... not her son tortured and hanging on a cross. 

How often do I picture God's plans for me differently than He does? Usually i think good plans involve good things: love, comfort, being "exalted", accepted, enough for all I need to be happy.  When things don't turn out that way, why do I question God instead of my picture of His plan?

Luke 26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
Good morning!
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.
29-33 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
He will be great,
    be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
    the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
    no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

1 comment:

Ash said...

This entry got me thinking,because of some personal struggles in this season in my life. Sometimes when bad things happen it's easy to question God and wonder why he would allow these things to happen. I always try to remind myself of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hop and a future.