For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
The Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference’s ladies are gathering for bible study every Thursday for lunch. In preparation for Christmas, the study focuses on the extraordinary miracles God did in the lives of Mary, Elizabeth (Zachariah’s Wife), and Anna through the Book of Luke. Also, the study group is following Liz Curtis Higgs’ Women of Christmas, which provides commentary that allows for reflection and life application. Liz Curtis Higgs adds that Christmas is a season for reflection, for preparation, and for renewal.
This book allows women to connect with the women in the Christmas story. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna were real women who whole-heartedly followed God.
Lesson from Elizabeth
Though Zachariah and Elizabeth were obedient to God, that did not mean they were perfect. Zachariah and Elizabeth were childless. Elizabeth was barren, and both, Zachariah and Elizabeth were past their prime. These two Godly people faced difficulty, and yet they remained faithful and hopeful. Elizabeth probably felt like an inadequate wife, and fell prey of many insecurities. Still late in her age, she kept calm and held on to God’s promises.
Then one day, God sent an angel, Gabriel, to Zachariah and told him hat this wife, Elizabeth, would birth a son and he would be named John. God had heard and answered Zachariah’s and Elizabeth’s prayers.
This passage resonates to any couples who have faced infertility, and it resonates to women who are just waiting for a special request. Elizabeth waited many years. She stayed strong and placed all her trust in God. So this Christmas remember that God is a cheerful giver just place your trust upon him. For nothing is impossible for God.
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Families all over America will be gathering around the dinner table, as they would around a campfire, for Thanksgiving Day. Uncles will tell funny jokes, and grandmas will pass along family recipes. Mothers will be meddling in the lives of their single sons and daughters, and questioning why they have not met the “one”. Basically, a lot of talking will be happening.
While catching up with family matters, stories of amazing provision will be told. Now what is provision? Provision is the act or process of supplying or providing something. That can encompass many things. Provision can be receiving good news about a sick family member or receiving a needed job opportunity . Moments like these we remember and tell the world because we are overjoyed with gratitude. Some will tweet about it and some will do a celebratory touchdown dance, but in the midst of our joy or in mid-dance move, we must ask, “ who was the supplier of the provision?”
Those moments just described become stories that illustrate God Just-In-Time Provision. At one point in your life, God has shown you or will show you His Just-In-Time Provision. God has impeccable timing and we, as His children, get a front row seat to His provision. In Scripture, we are reminded numerously on how He provides .
Psalm 111:5 – He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
Psalm 65:9 – You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.
Psalm 68:10 - Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.
Acts 14:17 – Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.
So this Thanksgiving, tell your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and friends that amazing story where God’s Just-In-Time Provision occurred. The next generation needs to hear how God has been actively working to fulfill His promises. A testimony of God’s provision can be powerful to a new or a mature believer.
In closing, please remember to share that story to your co-worker, acquaintances, and strangers who need God in their life. They need to hear about God’s love and how God’s love is demonstrated through His Power of Provision.