40 Days with Jesus – October 4 – Luke 1:39-56
We are all born with a void in our innermost soul. For some of us we recognize this void as a child and for some we are adults when this occurs. I believe everyone at some point in their life has the realization that something is missing in their life and they are not complete.
For some of us, we spend our entire life searching for things that will fulfill us and give us perfect peace. Some people seek education for fulfillment, some seek companionship, some seek monetary success, some seek God, some seek status, but we all seek something to make us feel complete and whole in our innermost soul!
What are you seeking to fill the void in your soul? Have you found that perfect peace in your soul that completes you and makes you whole?
Over 2,000 years ago there was a young, teenage girl who found herself pregnant. Her name was Mary. Mary knows that she became supernaturally pregnant — no matter what other people are saying about her, she knows the truth! After God’s angels speak with Mary, she begins to understand that God has chosen her among all women to birth His son. I try to imagine the thoughts that must have been going through her head.
Part of the passage for today’s reading is called “Mary’s Song” and it gives us wonderful insight into Mary’s heart. Mary talks about how her soul glorifies the Lord and how her spirit rejoices in “God my Savior.”
Luke 1:46-47 states: And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Mary, the mother of Jesus, acknowledges her need for a Savior. When I was 16 years old, I realized there was a void in my life. I am thankful that my mother took me to church as a child and I knew what was missing in my life was Jesus, but for so many, this is not their situation. I have friends and know people who are incredibly successful by the world’s standards, yet they do not have peace in their soul. I have family that I love dearly, but they haven’t realized yet their need for a savior. I see hurting people weekly who need to surrender and fill the void in their heart with Jesus, but their stubbornness or pride does not allow them to.
Can you specifically remember a time when you filled the void in your life with the saving peace of Jesus Christ? If not, it’s really very simple. We teach children, it’s as simple as A-B-C … admit, believe, confess. Admit you’re a sinner to God, truly believe Jesus is God’s Son and the only way to have eternal life and peace and then confess your need of a Savior to God. It is then when you humbly admit you need the void in your life filled that God’s Holy Spirit will come in and fill you with peace beyond description.
What’s stopping you today from making this decision? If you’ve made this decision, what’s stopping you from sharing this decision with others? My challenge today is that you and I will have a Mary-type attitude, one that is humble, glorifies God, and acknowledges our need of a Savior!
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