The English have the 12 days of Christmas in song. The high churches have the 24 (ish) days of advent. Here at Crave Something More, I’ll be writing a series called the “21 Days of CSM Christmas.” Starting December 5 and finishing on Christmas Day, I will write once a day about all things Christmas, in the hopes that we will all continue to see Jesus as the greatest satisfaction to our soul’s deepest cravings.
Day 16: 2 Questions This Christmas
Let’s commend Zechariah and Mary. Both were chosen by God for special tasks, both submitted themselves to God’s hand in their lives, both experienced the joy of raising Spirit-filled children, and both are held up as models of righteousness.
But let’s also learn something from their two questions. The gospel of Luke gives us the accounts of their being visited by the angel, Gabriel, who gave them both remarkable news. Here were their responses:
Zechariah: “How shall I know this?”
Mary: “How will this be?”
How shall I know this? is a question that asks for more. More information, more confirmation, more security. When God guides, how shall I know this? is a question just short of faith. When God leads, how shall I know this? asks for something more than God’s word. This is a question of control, a question of doubt, and a question I ask far too often.
How will this be? is a question that seeks explanation. Whether the explanation comes or not, how will this be? is a question out of faith, a question that belies belief but wants to know more. When God directs, how will this be? follows along, creating conversation, seeking understanding. This is a question of curiosity, based on faith, and it’s a question I ask far too little.
Despite the busy nature of the season, Christmas is a time of rest, and times of rest are often times for reflection. So whatever God is doing in your heart and in your life in this moment, pursue the path of faith, trusting Him at His word by finding Him in His word, and let your heart be won over by the faithfulness of our God who is always working for our good. And if you must ask questions of God, ask them out of faith, not out of doubt, because He rewards those who seek His wisdom.
For the rest of the 21 Days of Crave Something More Christmas, go here.