WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO MAKE SENSE
How do we handle situations when nothing in our lives seems to make sense? Many biblical characters could be studied but we will use Joseph and Mary as examples in this article.
Mary, a young virgin, was “greatly troubled,” when the angel Gabriel (Luke 2:26-38) appeared to her. After being told she would conceive a Son, she was puzzled and said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Old enough to understand how women got pregnant, this did not make sense. Following the angel’s explanation and statement “nothing will be impossible with God,” she said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”
When Joseph, the betrothed husband of Mary, found out she was pregnant, he began to think (Matthew 1:18-25), “this does not make sense.” I imagine him thinking, “I know this girl. This is not like her.” Considering what to do, an angel appeared to him and told him about the situation. Awaking from his dream he “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took [Mary] as his wife” (v. 24, 25).
When Caesar Augustus commanded a census be taken of all the people, it required Joseph and Mary to travel from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea (Luke 2:1-20). Surely they both thought, “this does not make sense. Mary is almost full term in her pregnancy and we have to travel 70 or more miles to register. How are we going to do this?” This journey, of several days, was made even more difficult because they had to either walk or ride a donkey.
After Jesus was born, another event that did not make sense was the shepherds coming to visit Jesus in the manger. Also, several months later, the wise men coming to a house to visit Jesus and bringing gifts.
One last example I am sure, to Mary did not make sense, was seeing her Son die on a cross. Her heart surely was broken seeing Him suffering. She must have thought, “This does not make sense, especially since I was told He would save His people.”
Many other example could be given as well as ones from our own lives. However, how do we deal with these situation? We begin by remaining faithful to God. We are going to remain righteous and search for answers to the situation based upon what the Scriptures reveal. We are going to continue living our life knowing that God will help us even when things do not make sense. By implementing these principles we can make sense of our life as we are living God’s way. Carlton McPeak
Bible Study For Godly Living
We are pleased to announce "New Beginnings" for the Chiefland Church of Christ with our new Minister, Carlton McPeak and his wife Rosemary. You are invited to come and see what we are all about and how the Bible is used for Godly Living. Join us Sunday mornings for bible study at 9:30am with Carlton in a study of the Minor Prophets, and at 10:20am for worship service. We also meet at 5:00pm for Sunday evening worship. Please join us also on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm with Sky Hardin for a study of Old Testament History and how ancient history can show us how to live Godly today as well as lead us to Christ. We also have a lecturship coming up Saturday, October 12th, so please mark your calendars as we will give you updates soon. We are very excited and invite you to be a part of our "New Beginnings."