There’s a phrase that I see popping up on social media quite often that gives me pause and always makes me think twice. “She believed she could, so she did.”
I understand the sentiment behind this statement, and for some things in life, there is a lot to be said for just persevering, sticking to it, and making things work out. A lot of people have accomplished things simply because they wouldn’t give up, and they stuck to it until it was done.
However, on a deeper and more spiritual level, there are a lot of things in life that can’t be done simply by applying ourselves to it and making it happen. There are things that only the Lord can do, and they must be left in His hands, in His timing, and according to His will. In that way, I’ve always thought that we could reword that statement to make it truer and deeper. The other day, I was reading the familiar Christmas story when a verse jumped out at me. There was the rewording that I’ve always thought would be more appropriate, contained right in a verse!
“Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
This verse is Elisabeth’s blessing on Mary, which she proclaimed as she was filled with the Holy Ghost, right after John the Baptist leaped in her womb at the sound of Mary’s voice. It naturally falls into 3 statements: 1. Mary was blessed for simply believing. 2. Mary believed a promise from the Lord, not just what she hoped would happen. 3. Those things would be finished, not in Mary’s strength, but in the Lord’s.
Dear friend, are you frustrating yourself by pushing against a wall that only the Lord can move? You will be happier if you trust the Lord. If your hope is placed in a promise that the Lord has given to you, it will come to pass!
I can remember the Christmas season always being a bit of a struggle for me as a single lady. But I could cling to the promise that “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) Whether or not that future included a husband was up to the Lord, but I could rest in His promise of completing me and making my life worthwhile.
The holidays are always a hard time for those who have recently lost a loved one. I won’t pretend to know what your pain and grief are like, if that is what you are experiencing this year, but I can tell you that “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
For many, it can be a discouragement just to look at where you were last year and feel like in some way you have taken a step backward. Whether it be financial difficulties, emotional turmoil, family problems, or physical limitations, you may wish that you could go back to last year, and you sigh when you think about where you might be a year from now. Don’t lose hope! Remember that God isn’t surprised by the recent developments in your life, and He has a plan in it all! “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Maybe we could reword that statement to just “She believed.” The when’s, the whys, and the wherefores are up to Him; I’m just here to do my part – believe and trust His Word. I can think of no greater summation of one’s life than simply, “She believed.”