In John Sammis famous hymn entitled “Trust and Obey”, he writes these words… “Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, but our toil He doth richly repay; not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey.”

One thing that strikes me this Christmas as I read through the Christmas accounts found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke is the amazing faith and obedience on display by every major character in this timeless story.  

First, consider Mary for a moment.  She is young and has her whole life in front of her when an angel appears and announces her pregnancy.  Now, at this point 40% of young women would opt for an abortion.  I mean, they are to young and they have to much “living” to do.  Not Mary.  Although not understanding the how, where, or why, she gladly accepts the task by saying, “I am the maidservant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.”

Joseph is also tested.  How does he accept the fact that this child is not his?  Can he bear the burden of being the adopted Father of God?  To these and other questions he simply, “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.”  This became the theme of his life.  Obedience without question, complaint, or control.  Joseph simply believed in God and followed his lead.  

The Shepherds bear an important part of the Christmas story.  They were simply going about their business when they were interrupted by an angelic hosts proclaiming the birth of Christ.  At this point, they didn’t consider themselves, their vocation, or the inconvenience of the time and distance. They obeyed and came with haste and found Mary, Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  

Time does not permit us to look at the wise men, Simeon and Anna, Zacharias and Elizabeth, but suffice it to say that each one heard from God and obeyed His Word to them in the midst of dire and uncertain circumstances.  They all believed the truth of Luke 1:45- “Blessed is she who believed for there will be fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”  They would all concur with Sammis admonition to “Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”  

So the challenging thought I leave you with this Christmas is, why not me?  We have the benefit of the having the Word of God and the indwelling presence of His Spirit.  How much more should we trust and obey.  Luke 1:37 is a familiar verse for many which reveal a very important aspect of God’s nature and character.  In it, the angel is quoted as saying, “For nothing is impossible with God.”  Do I believe this?  If so, what “impossible” thing do I need to hand over to God today?  Am I believing today for the “impossible”?  Or, am I content to simply operate in the natural?  What about you?

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