Daily Devotional

December 22, 2019

Recognizing God’s Will

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. – Luke 1:38

One of the more fascinating aspects of the account of Christmas is the willingness of Mary and Joseph to obey God. This willingness existed despite the fact that they did not fully understand what God was asking them to do or where God was actually leading them. There was the time the angel appeared unto Mary and told her she would be with child and that it would happen when the Holy Ghost came upon her. An angel also appeared to Joseph and told him to take Mary to be his wife, because the Child, which was conceived in her, was of the Holy Ghost. Beyond those two appearances, there was not much of an explanation as to what God had in mind for them. There was, however, recognition that this was God’s will for Mary and Joseph. That was enough to cause the young couple to obey.

Recognition of what God’s will is for our lives, and the assurance that it really is God directing us, is what we should strive for. In our personal lives, we often seek God to find out what His will is in a matter. The good news is that we can know for sure that it is God speaking to us.

When I was in college, I had two majors in mind. As I began to pray about the matter, God spoke in a definite way as to which major I should pursue. At the time, what I felt was God’s will did not make much sense to me. The other major seemed more reasonable to me. In looking back, though, I can see that the major He led me to pursue was the correct one. Now I can look back and say, “That was God guiding me.” The reason it did not seem right to me was that I could not see all God was trying to work out for the future.

Through Mary and Joseph, we can see how being willing to follow God’s plan for our lives—even though we may not understand how it fits into the future—brings God’s greatest blessings to us. As you pray today, ask for a willingness to do what God is asking you to do. Then purpose to perform God’s will, trusting that in His own time and way, God will reveal the “why” to you.