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Advent Daily Devotional: December 8

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December 8 by Fred Jones

Luke 1:36-37 (NASB)
36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”

God is the God of impossibilities. He is God, so He can do whatever He pleases. Things that seem hard or impossible to us are no problem for our Lord. Our family has seen God do some amazing things in our lives. The most important thing we were able to teach our two sons is that God will provide all our needs. The first several years after returning to America from our missionary service in Austria, we had a very difficult time making ends meet. God gave our family a janitorial job that we could do after hours. All four of us worked hard for a year and were finally out of debt. We celebrated by buying our first color TV. That Christmas as a demonstration of our thanks, each of us agreed to make a financial gift to a family that really needed help. Working through a third person we made it anonymous and were thrilled to hear back what a blessing it was to this single mom and her son. God has been faithful. He keeps His promises. Nothing is too hard for Him. Usually it isn’t on the scale of Elizabeth bearing a son in her old age or the Virgin Mary conceiving the Messiah. But no problem is too big or too small for our Lord. The Living Bible translates verse 37 like this: “For every promise from God shall surely come true.” Christmas is a great example of this. Jesus Christ came to this earth and through His own sacrifice made salvation available to us all.

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