Day 26

Born Thy People to Deliver Day 26

Psalm 107:1-6, Luke 1:26-56

BY Bailey T. Hurley

The latest trend I see all over social media is influencers telling followers: “exciting news is coming.” You are asked to tune in, subscribe, or follow along so you won’t miss the big life update. Guiltily, I can’t help but get invested in whatever the mysterious announcement may be—I have a deep anticipation for what is going on in the lives of others. 

But what about the anticipation for our own lives and the work God is doing? Like Israel, we have been told over and over again that God is good, His love endures forever, and He redeems us from the hands of our foes. But sometimes, the anticipation for this good news to be revealed can almost feel debilitating. When, God? How, God? 

Imagine Israel waiting centuries for their promised deliverance, “Some wandered in the desolate wilderness, finding no way to a city where they could live. They were hungry and thirsty; their spirits failed within them” (Psalm 107:4–5). There was a restlessness, a displacement, a hunger for home and for peace in their situation. They held onto hope for the God who rescued Israel before and would rescue Israel again…the anticipation was growing.

Then in another “big news is coming” moment, an angel appeared to a young girl named Mary and told her: “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31). A baby is coming? A baby is coming to rescue us? How, God? 

We know Jesus delivered His people as promised. Yet, centuries later, we still experience that hunger for things to be made perfectly whole. We wait for victory over sin, sadness, illness, broken relationships, and unjust systems. So, we follow God by “subscribing” to our spiritual disciplines. We commune with Him, looking for clues to His work in our world. We see Him slowly revealing His plan to bring His kingdom here on earth through us—His Church. 

But in this waiting, may Jesus cradle our cares as Mary would her newborn son. With attentive love and compassion, Jesus bears the weight of our longing and is patient with our grieving. 

And may Jesus give us assured hope like a king who can survey the battlefield and know he is going to win. He has, is, and will deliver us for His glory. The when and how may still be unfolding, but we know Jesus has done it, and we celebrate this exciting news together during Advent.

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58 thoughts on "Born Thy People to Deliver Day 26"

  1. Sue Dalos says:

    @Gwineth52 Your words yesterday about this Sisterhood of She’s spoke to my heart. I am here every morning with you all and read all the comments, and pray upon the requests but I rarely comment. BUT GOD put on my heart to say Thank you to all of my Sister’s for being here because we are stronger together. Merry Christmas to each and every one. May we all feel the touch of our Lord’s hands in our lives. ❤️

  2. Nikki Joy de Asis says:

    I want to thank everyone for all the warm welcome into this sisterhood and this community ❤️ I am praying for each of you and as I read through each of your comments and prayer requests, please know my heart and prayers are with you. I pray that the Lord gives each of you strength and peace. Despite the challenges (big or small) that you may face, always know that God is ALWAYS good and he will always provide. He is our shelter and our strength.

  3. Nikki Joy de Asis says:

    Brianna: I am praying for you and your son’s healing. ❤️ God will always provide and I know he will show you the way and bless your son with restored health.

  4. Nikki Joy de Asis says:

    Lehua: I am praying for you and asking the Lord to bring you peace and strength. There were many times in my life where I wanted to question “why Lord?” or simply wonder when I will catch a break in life with the challenges I faced, I always told myself — “God will always provide” and each time I reminded myself of that, he surely did provide. Continue to trust in Him. He is always good and he will provide. Sending you hugs and prayers.

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  6. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that I would seek the Lord to see what he is doing in my life. I want to have that anticipation and excitement about what is next in my life.

  7. Mercy says:

    Exciting news is coming. But what is the waiting look like? I love that Bailey prompted us to ask ourselves, what are our own anticipations? If we tell people about our own announcements, for the next new year of 2023, or the next five years, what would they be (by God’s grace)? Sometimes I am too invested in others and I neglect what God is doing in my own life. Motherhood is a demanding ministry both mental and physical. I would think about this question today and speak to the Lord. What are my missions Lord for next year? What should I do to bring glory, even as I wait? Where would I be planted and who would come across my path to sow the seed of faith? Let it be according to your will, and by your grace, help me to fulfil your purpose despite my many weaknesses. As I wait, I will focus my eyes on Jesus and not my circumstance, I will try my best to calm my soul.
    @Brianna- for recovery of your little one and you, and for lovely visit.
    @Christina Adams- may joy come to you to replace anxiety, which is the work of darkness (Psalm 30:5).
    @Lehua- praying for your job & family situation & cat.
    @Susan- thinking of you, I am praying for you and Andy’s family during this holiday season.
    @Traci- love the quote, thanks for sharing.
    Be blessed dear beautiful sisters. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT)

  8. Dorothy says:

    WOW! Between the Scripture and the devotional so much stood out to me. The first one was Psalm 107:2 “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.” I am reminded how I need to tell of the GREAT NEWS OF CHRIST. Then in Luke 1:33b ” “…His Kingdom will never end!” 37 “For the Word of God will never fail.” I am reminded how GOD’S AND CHRIST’S Kingdom, love and Word will ALWAYS be there for ALL how seek it. Also, in Luke 1:38 “Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant.” ” shows how I need to be answering God and Christ. Bailey goes on to say, “With attentive love and compassion, Jesus bears the weight of our longing and is patient with our grieving.” which reminds me why we celebrate this time of the year but also why we are loved by the Almighty. I hope I made sense.

    Be blessed and tell everyone the GREAT NEWS of Christ — salvation and the Holy Spirit.

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