Who Is Jesus Devo: The Lord Has Done This For Me
S1E2 - Devotional - “The Lord Has Done This For Me!"
After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” (Luke 1:24-25)
"The Lord Has Done This For Me"
Elizabeth, in her old age, deeply experienced the liberating power of the gospel. Not only was the Lord fulfilling His word and ushering in the next step in His cosmic redemptive plan, but He was touching the most deeply held personal hopes and longings of Elizabeth’s soul. All in one sweeping answer to prayer. What else could she say, but “The Lord has done this for me!”
Take Heart! This Fulfillment Belongs to Those in Christ
Friend, if you’re tempted to doubt God’s plan for your life, or His good plan for the world, take heart. He hears your prayer. His plan is not derailed. Not only did John the Baptist come and prepare the way…but the Lord himself came to ultimately remove the shame and disgrace we carry, and fulfill the deepest longings of our souls.
Even when we, like Zechariah, are slow to believe (Luke 1:18-20)…God still fulfills His word and His promise in our lives. He sees the burdens you carry and He knows the fears you battle. He knows all about the darkness, the difficulty and the personal disappointments & disgrace you face. And one day, whether in this life or when He returns, you will, like Elizabeth, joyfully declare… “The Lord has done this for me! In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace!”
Remember the victory of Jesus Christ today! In Christ, your sins are forgiven. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Your shame is taken away. God is in control. He rules over the nations and over the kings of the earth. His purposes will prevail. And he hears your prayers.
Set your mind on what is true today and kindle a stronger faith, a deeper love, and a brighter hope. Look to the One who sits above. Know that He is faithful and bringing about His kingdom today in and through you as you walk with Him.
"For dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations."
"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him."