Support and Community ~ Sunday Devotion
Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. Luke 1:36 (NIV)
The virgin Mary had just been visited by an angel and told that she would conceive a child. Not just any child. The Son of God. That was a lot to take in for this young girl. But God didn’t leave her to face this on her own.
We all encounter challenges. Often, we’re forced to step out of our comfort zones. Life gets hard. It takes turns we never expected. But like Mary, God doesn’t require us to face life alone. In fact, it was never His plan. From the beginning of time when He saw that Adam needed a companion, God created humans to need one another. To simply do life together, from the life-changing to the mundane. We’re here to share the ups and downs, the good and bad, the exciting and the routine.
Immediately after being told that she was going to be the Mother of God, Mary learned that Elizabeth was also pregnant. She found support and community with someone who was going through something similar. She wasn’t left alone.God did not leave Mary without support and community. She is an example to us that none of us are above needing someone in our lives. Click To Tweet
If Mary, the set apart, chosen, Mother of God, needed support and community, how much more do we need it? This is yet another way she is an example for us, showing us that no one is above needing someone. In fact, it’s okay to receive support and encouragement from others. We can be confident that when we need someone, God will provide that person or a community to support us.
After Mary received that life-changing message, she went to Elizabeth. She found that special connection and allowed Elizabeth to encourage her and confirm God’s calling on her life. How will you connect with someone this week?
Action Step: Don’t face life alone. God will provide support and community for you in the way of family, friends, neighbors, church family. Ask Him. Reach out to someone.
Take the extra step: Look around to see who needs someone to come alongside them. Be the person to reach out to provide support and community. If you ask the Lord, He’ll put someone on your heart.
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