Monday, December 13, 2010

The First Doubter

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Luke 1:38  "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her."

Who was the first person who doubted and questioned the virgin birth?  It was Mary!  Do you know why Mary believed what God said He would do regarding the virgin birth?  It was not education or intellect; it was submission.

The fact of the virgin birth is a huge hang-up for many people, but why is this any more impossible than hundreds of other miracles in the Bible?  Is the virgin birth any more improbable than God's parting of the Red Sea or raising the dead?  Yet no other miracle garners so much scorn, skepticism, and disbelief as the virgin birth!
The truth is, the virgin birth is not more improbable than any other miracle; this miracle is the cornerstone of what we believe.  If you have no virgin birth, you have no "God with us."  Without God with us, man is free to do whatever he wants.  Disbelief of what God has said about the virgin birth is not a matter of ignorance; it is a matter of submission.  When people deny the virgin birth, they willfully choose to because they choose to reject God's gift of Jesus Christ.
Notice that Mary's response was one of submission and faith: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."  Faith is not a feeling; faith is obedience and trusting in what God has said.
As Mary learned, there is always a blessing in believing, if the believing is in God.  Some people make promises but cannot perform them, but God always performs what He promises (Luke 1:45).  Though Mary doubted at first, what cleared up those doubts was not some explanation from the angel; it was her submission to what God had said.  Is that your attitude today? 
". . . Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."


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