I love Romans 4 where Abraham is credited as righteous because of his faith. Abraham believes in the word and promise of God and that is what counts him as righteous. We see people highlighted throughout scripture who take God at this word, not at what he has already done, but at what he will do. That is what we are doing in this season. We are taking Jesus at his word. He is coming again soon!
We are to live by faith and not by sight (just like Abraham). Our perspective, emotions, and actions are not to be based just on our circumstances. The word of God supersedes it all. We can rejoice in all situations because of the promises of God. We are not to cling to the temporary of this world, yes that even includes our bodies, but to the future that is eternal.
If God is really going to do what he says, we don’t need to wait until the fulfillment to rejoice. I love the response of Mary to the angel Gabriel. She responds to God by rejoicing. She rejoices for how God has blessed her, and for how he will be true to his promise for her people.
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
When God speaks, things happen. There is no margin of error in what he says. When he reveals that something will happen, it will. We don’t need to wait and see. We can rejoice in what is inevitably going to occur. We can rejoice because we already know the end of the story. Our enemy can’t win. We can laugh and be merry despite any circumstance because our names are written in the book of life.
Mary gets a glimpse into the future God has in store and sees that it is good! Her response teaches us in this season. She counts the future works as accomplished, and rejoices in God’s past work. This gives us an incredible grid for our rejoicing in this season.
Take some time this week to make your own prayer like Mary. Rejoice in his choosing you. Rejoice in what is to come when Jesus returns. Rejoice in what Jesus brought in his birth. Rejoice in what he has done in generations past. Rejoice in his mercy and restoration. Rejoice in his faithfulness.