I think sometimes we give up too quickly.
If we don’t get the promotion or the loan or the new home, we quickly assume that it must not be a part of God’s will or plan. And some of us don’t even try again or fight through prayer and fasting because we want everything to come easy.
Sometimes we blame the devil, but maybe it is God using your enemy. Sometimes God hardens the hearts of the supervisor or the loan officer as he did with Pharaoh. Maybe the opposition comes to see how bad you really want the thing you’ve been praying for.
Other times, we blame God, but it is the enemy at work. He is the one behind the disappointment, the hurt, and the rejection. He doesn’t want you to ever receive what Christ has already given you. The enemy already knows that He can’t stop God, but he is hoping that he can stop you. He is betting on you to give up. He is hoping that you quit.
It is going to take a strong hand, but whatever God promised you, the enemy is going to let it go. In the meantime, he is hoping that you will let go of God and every blessing He promised, but he will be disappointed.
I know sometimes it seems like certain things will never happen for you, but don’t faint while doing good. You can’t spend the rest of your life blaming the devil or being angry with God. Sometimes it’s not them. It’s you. It’s your disobedience. It’s your laziness.
For every no, you are about to hear a yes – if you don’t faint. But you must make up in your mind that in this season you will not let God go until He blesses you.
And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me (Genesis 32:26).
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her (Luke 1:38, NJKV).
God sent an angel to Mary. Gabriel told her she was going to become a mother. You shall conceive in your womb (vs 31). He also told her what she would carry and who He would become. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest (vs 32).
All of this sounded good, but Mary had one question. How can this be? (vs 34). How was she going to have a baby? She was a virgin and she wasn’t married yet. The angel explained to her who would do the work – the Holy Ghost (vs 35). It wouldn’t be by her power or by Joseph’s might. It would be by HIS Spirit.
The angel knew that what he told Mary sounded impossible so to build her faith, he told her about her cousin (vs 36). Elizabeth was barren and too old to be a mother. No one ever thought she would have a child, but in three months she was going to have a son.
The impossible is possible – with God.
The angel said what God told him to say. Now, Mary had to make a decision. According to Luke 1:38, she decided to serve the Lord. I am the servant of the Lord. Mary had no idea what she was about to go through. She didn’t know that she would have to leave her home, leave their families and flee to Egypt during the night to protect her son. Even though Simeon prophesied that she would suffer as though she had been stabbed with a sword, she didn’t know that meant watching her son being mocked, beaten, spat on and crucified. My point is this: Even though she didn’t have all of the details, she surrendered. She trusted God. She wanted what God wanted and she was willing to do whatever He commanded. Her response to God was, Use me. Do what You want, not what I want.
Maybe God has told you what you are going to do for Him and who you are going to become and just like Mary, you either looked at your past or your present condition, and wondered how. How is this going to happen? I don’t have a college degree. I don’t have a spouse. I don’t have that much money in the bank. I don’t know anyone who could help me. I don’t speak very well in front of people.
But I will tell you what Gabriel told Mary. The Lord is with you (vs 28). You don’t have to be afraid. You were chosen for this. What you are carrying and will bring forth is great. What you must go through is going to save and deliver many.
Stop running. Stop resisting. Stop fighting God and let it be – according to His word. Let it happen. Stop trying to figure it out. Stop thinking about yourself and think about those who are hurting. Think about those who are bound. Think about those who are not saved. This isn’t about you. Forget about your plans and find out what His plan is. Make a decision.
Mary’s mind was made up.
It didn’t matter that Elizabeth was old or that Mary wasn’t married. God is able to perform what He promised. No word from Him will ever fail. If He said it, then He will do it. All He needs from you is your obedience. All He needs is a ‘yes’. What has been hard for you is not too hard for the Lord.
Maybe you’re thinking about what happened the last time. Like Simon, you tried and nothing happened. We have toiled all night and have taken nothing (Luke 5:5). You were disappointed. You had enough. You were even thinking about giving up.
But, try again. Trust God again. Nevertheless at your word, I will let down the net (Luke 5:5). Sometimes we have this picture of how the ministry, the marriage, the career, or the children should be, but let go of what or how you think it should be. You have to believe that what God wants to give you is better than what you’re holding onto. Let it go and…
Let it be.