Compliance with an order, request, or law; submission to another’s authority. This is how the Oxford English Dictionary defines obedience. How many times in life have you been asked to do something and refused to do it? The request may not be something substantial. Maybe just picking something up from the store. Sometimes we forget, and sometimes we refuse to comply as a result of inconvenience. Is it possible disobedience resulted in a missed miracle?
As I read today’s advent study passage I find myself wondering what would have happened if Mary had been disobedient to God’s plan for her?
Luke 1:38-39 says, ” Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”
What might have happened if Mary had said, “No wait a minute Gabriel! There is no way I’m going along with this plan.” Even greater is my thought of what would have happened had Joseph not been obedient to God. For if Joseph had not listened to the angel God sent to him, Mary could have been stoned to death while pregnant with Jesus. Or, Jesus could have been killed as an infant. Yet, Mary and Joseph chose to be obedient to God’s plan and purpose for their lives. In turn, they were living a miracle. They were a part of the greatest act of love God could provide; sending His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the cross.
I have to ask myself, “what miracles have I missed through my failure to obey God’s call?” I find myself convicted of questioning if God is really speaking to me when it is quite obvious that He is. Or, what about the times when I’ve heard Him clearly and just pushed His desires aside to accomplish my own. What miracles have I missed?
Today I encourage you to ask yourself the same question. Have you missed miracles by being disobedient to God’s requests of you? I’m praying to ask God to help me be willing to obey Him without bargaining, or delay. What about you Dear One?