Women of Christmas Devotional #1

by Kathy

 

Book – The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs

If you are reading the book along with me, read Chapter 1 this week and complete the study guide questions for this chapter.  You will find the study guide in the back of your book.

If you are not reading the book, open your Bible and take time to read Luke 1:5-23 this week.

There will be two devotionals this week; Tuesday & Friday

 

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Chapter 1 Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Luke 5 begins by introducing us to two people -Zechariah, a priest in the temple and his wife Elizabeth.  In Luke 1:6, this couple is introduced to us as this – “both of them were righteous in the sight of the Lord, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly”.  Here was a couple that lived honorably before God.  The scriptures also tell us that both Zechariah and Elizabeth prayed earnestly for something – a child.   Elizabeth was marked as barren, unable to conceive after decades of marriage.  Now it seemed that she was too old to have a baby.

In those days, if a women was unable to give her husband a child, she was considered a failure.  Culturally, children were seen as God’s reward for faithful service.  The consequences of being childless could cause a husband to disfavor and divorce his wife.  As I read this passage, I stopped to wonder how often women around her whispered as she walked by them…how alone she may have felt as women kept their distance…how it must have hurt her to hear others talk about their children and grandchildren…how they must have desperately prayed for God to give them a child.

In spite of experiencing this deep disappointment of having no child, the scripture tells us that Elizabeth and Zechariah faithfully followed God.  Elizabeth Curtis Higgs writes this – “When God’s blessings are piled high on our heads, it’s easy to be faithful.  The real test comes when disappointment calls and sorrow pulls up a chair.”

Let’s pause for heart application:

How about you?  Has disappointment or sorrow pulled up a chair in your life?  How are handling this?  As you evaluate your answer to this question, consider what Luke, chapter 1 reveals about this couple:

  • They were obedient to the Lord.  Trusting Him each day even through the emotional difficulty they faced.
  • They daily served the Lord. (this is seen with Zachariah keeping His priestly duties daily)
  • They prayed for a child – even into their old age.

Are you reading God’s Word with the purpose of living it out?  Are you trusting Him in your difficult time?  Although you may feel discouraged, are you looking for opportunities each day to serve others and live in such a way that they see Christ living in you?  Are you faithfully praying for your situation and asking God to provide His guidance through it?  Does your difficulty seem to consume your heart or are you making room for the Lord to settle in and arrange things as He works out His perfect will in your life?

Sit and ponder these comments made by Liz Curtis Higgs,

 

“The Lord hadn’t forgotten Elizabeth, nor had He tarried in answering her prayer without a good purpose.

He chose her – an older woman with an unproven womb – in order to display His power, His might, His authority.

And He blessed her to honor her faithfulness.

The truth is God’s strength

is fully revealed when our strength is fully depleted.

His power is made perfect in our weakness.

He’s a refuge for the oppressed; He’s a stronghold in times of trouble.  He is God, and believe me,

He’s got this!”

When life’s circumstances have us feeling tired, worn out and weak, take courage and rejoice in this:  We are in a perfect place for God to display His power in our lives!  We need only to trust and follow Him!

Here’s a promise from God about this:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Our part to do:  “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

How has God spoke to you today?  Spend some time talking to Him in prayer about it.  What actions do you need to take to be obedient to His leading today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Women of Christmas Devotional #1”

  1. Glenna Barr says:

    Wow Kath,
    Thanks for this! So timely and so much wisdom. It will be passed on to many.
    Much love to you!
    Glenna

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