What Jesus Did! 'Nothing Is Impossible' — Luke 1:36-37

Saturday, January 14, 2023

[After telling Mary she would have a son even though she was a virgin, the angel said to her,] "What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail."
— Luke 1:36-37 NLT

Key Thought

It's almost as if the angel was saying, "How about a little help with that faith in the impossible, Mary? Check with your old relative Elizabeth. The seemingly impossible has really happened to her! She's pregnant!" God's great promises to his people often happened with miraculous conceptions that were beyond their experience and that stretched their faith. Mary was given assurance that God not only can, but he actually does, do the humanly impossible in the lives of everyday folks. What does God want to do in you? How does he want to use you for his glory? Don't think it's possible? Ask Mary who first got confirmation of the seemingly impossible from Elizabeth! NOTHING is impossible for God!

Today's Prayer

Father, shake loose my pedestrian dreams and give me a heart of faith to believe in your ability to do great things through everyday folks like me. Give me the gift of faith to believe that you are doing great things through your people. Take me, mold me, and use me to your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Matthew 14:14-21
  • Matthew 19:23-26


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Illustration of Luke 1:36-37 NLT — "What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age!"

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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