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"Greatly Troubled"

Posted: December 15, 2016

When the angel Gabriel first visited the virgin Mary, informing her that she was highly favored by the Lord, scripture says she was “greatly troubled” (Luke 1:29 NIV).

Have you ever received instruction from the Lord that made you “greatly troubled?” How about a prompt to talk to a stranger about Jesus? Or maybe when God stirs in your heart that you should give more in the offering than you think you should? Or how about when the direction of the Holy Spirit is leading you to change jobs, or move your family across the country?

God can lead us to places or give us instructions that make us feel greatly troubled, afraid or unsure of His plan. But when things like this happen, we must remember that God is sovereign, his plans are always better than our plans, and that we must have faith and trust in him.

After Mary got over the initial shock of the angel telling her what was to happen, her response is a powerful one; one that we should strive to imitate.

“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”
- Luke 1:38 NIV

Lord, thank you that even when we are greatly troubled, we can trust in your plan. Help us to respond like Mary, in total obedience to your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.