This great truth is universally used to encourage one another, whether it’s for our own reminder or to give another hope. But if I asked you to quote its reference or share its context, would you be able to tell me?
Having just celebrated Christmas, the season of Christ’s birth, I recently read the account in the Gospel of Luke. Not only did the angel Gabriel tell it to Mary, in Luke 1:37, to assure Mary that she would conceive a son in her womb by the power of the Holy Ghost and call him Jesus, but he also encouraged her faith by saying that her cousin Elisabeth, who was stricken in years and had been barren, was now with child.
“All the instances in the Old Testament of those having children that had been long barren, which was above nature, were designed to prepare the world for the belief of a virgin’s bearing a son, which was against nature. No word of God must be incredible to us, as long as no work of God is impossible to him.”
Elisabeth even commended Mary’s faith and encouraged it. “Those that have experienced the performance of God’s promises themselves should encourage others to hope that he will be as good as his word to them also.”
That is why I continue to blog. I have experienced the performance of God’s promise, and I want to encourage you – don’t give up hope!
May God bless you and the fruit of your womb in 2013.
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary