God Crushed My Dreams

Published on Dec 7th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
God Crushed My Dreams

God Crushed My Dreams I am pretty sure that when Mary was growing up she didn’t dream of getting pregnant before she was to be married. When she dreamed of her wedding she probably didn’t dream of getting married with all kinds of rumors floating around. I can almost picture her and Joseph spending a quiet evening together, planning out their future, and talking about what they were going to name their children. I know my wife and I spent a good deal of time throwing around baby names until we came up with the ones that we both thought were perfect. All of those dreams and special times were crushed for Mary and Joseph and God was the dream crusher. The angel of the Lord came to Joseph and not only gave him the news of how Mary became pregnant but then told him exactly what to name the child. Jesus...Savior. Do you ever wonder if Joseph had been planning to call his first born heir some kind of family name? Did you ever stop to wonder if Joseph ever struggled with how all of this was going to mess up the inheritance that he would leave his children? We tend to dismiss some of these issues because of the awesome privilege it was for Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus. We see Mary’s heart in Luke 1:46-55 as she praised the Lord for her awesome blessing. It is interesting to me to read of how Mary saw her blessing but to also read that she was staying in the home of Elizabeth for a number of months. You see the personal side of blessing and the public side of needing to hide out with someone who really understood what she was going through. Maybe even more than her own mother was able to understand? God’s call on our lives often creates great difficulty in our lives. He may crush our dreams, shatter our expectations, break relationships, or rip things from our white knuckled grip. What we must learn is that even if we do not immediately see the blessings he is bringing right away, like Mary and Joseph did, we must still believe his way is best. We must believe that he will give us new dreams and expectations. You may think that my language is a little too strong. Crush. Shatter. Rip. Listen to the verse from Job 13:15. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him”. I am not sure that crush, shatter, and rip would have been strong of words for what Job was facing. Listen to the last part of that same verse, “yet I will argue my ways to his face”. Job knew that there was no hope apart from his God. He also wanted to argue that he did not know how he was sinning or what he had done to deserve all that was happening. At this point Job was pretty consumed with why these things were happening. He wanted to fix what he could before God so that the pain would stop. In the end the answer God gave Job was not the answer to the why question but a greater look at the who. Know God greater and trust in him. It is the same answer that the gives us. Know him greater and trust. Having to ride a donkey when you near birth. No room in the inn. The mockery of those around you. I really don’t believe that Mary and Joseph enjoyed the public side of the birth of their child. Quietly, in the stable, when Jesus was born I am pretty sure they had an awesome time of worship and praise. I wonder of Joseph ever wandered out of the stable and was able to catch a glimpse of the angels singing to the shepherds? How encouraging was the visit by the wise men? Knowing this secret of Mary’s was shared to others and coming in those days after birth when mothers often struggle. God may be bringing you through some very difficult times. Stepping outside of the house brings you right into the fray. Maybe inside of the house is also difficult. I would encourage you to find some time alone with God. Know him. Trust him. His plan may be difficult and it may crush your ideas about what your life should be but the joys he has in store for you are greater than you could ever imagine. Mary birthed a child in the midst of those questioning her character. She nursed and raised that child as her own knowing that he had come to die. She watched him hang on the cross and heard him ask others to take care of her. She is in eternity now glorifying him and remembering holding him in her arms. What an amazing blessing. God has joys in store for you that you could never imagine. Know him. Trust him. One last thought. Isaiah 53:10, “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief”. Jesus went first. He obeyed the call of God and he was crushed by God in order to save us from our sins. He is not asking something from you that he did not experience first. The plan of God in the gospel is a plan we could never have imagined and yet God brought great joy from the pain. He has promised to do the same with us.

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