I am doing inductive Bible studies using a member website called Mama’s Refill. I absolutely love it, although I am not able to do it daily.
To prepare my heart for Thanksgiving, I did her Bible study on Psalm 118. I just started the study on Luke 1:46-55 on Mary’s Magnificat to prepare my heart for Christmas, and you know what? It has been a great study so far for Thanksgiving as well!
On the third day of the study, we look at the phrase that we see in Luke 1:46 where Mary says,
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
The Bible study told us to look up the definition of the word magnify. Here is what I found:
- “make (something) appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope”
- “ARCHAIC: extol; glorify.”
So in this verse, obviously Mary is extolling or glorifying the Lord. But the Bible study brought up an interesting thought regarding the first definition of how magnify means to make something appear larger than it is.
We cannot make God larger than what He is. But the study brought out the fact that in one sense, “we can enlarge Him or make Him bigger and greater in the eyes of others. We can help other people see His greatness and majesty. ” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that,
“We can act as a kind of lens that makes him greater in the eyes and in the esteem and in the sight of people.”
So this made me think: How am I magnifying the Lord before others? Are others able to see a great God by looking at my life?
There’s a lot to get us down right now: a virus that doesn’t seem to go away. Personally, not being able to travel to be with family this Christmas due to all of the restrictions has been very disappointing to us. However, when we look at the big picture, the most important thing is letting others see our great God because of the way we are magnifying His work in our lives and His work in this world.
When we keep our eyes on our great God and letting His great works be known to others so that they also can know Him, then we will find joy in every situation.
I shared this thought with my Bible class this week. I had them all magnify the Lord. To do this, we just went around the table and they all shared something about God that they are thankful for. It was not thanksgiving such as, “I’m thankful for my family;” but instead, “I’m thankful for God’s mercy” and “God can be magnified because He is our Savior.” We also talked about how they should praise the Lord to others when they see how God is working. It was a wonderful time of sharing.
This Thanksgiving, think on how you can magnify God in the eyes of others!
Next week, I will not be blogging on Thursday or Friday. Have a great Thanksgiving Day reflecting on God’s goodness to you!
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