WThere is much the Bible doesn’t say about the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, her impact as a woman of virtue, faith, strength, grace and support cannot be overstated. Mary was not a random choice. God had been planning to send His Son into the world from the moment sin separated Him from His beloved creation and He had thousands of years to plan the perfect set of circumstances, including the parents who would care for and raise His Son. One of the hallmarks of Mary’s character is her faith and in spite of anything else you may be, your faith in God will always cause you to be the natural choice when He needs to work a miracle here on earth.
(It is important to note that Jesus Christ was not the genetic son of Mary, just like He was genetically unrelated to Joseph. The DNA of Jesus Christ, as part of God’s plan for His divine conception, was not man-made in any way. Jesus Christ is God incarnate with a genetic history that was completely unique and fully divine. Mary, according to the canon of Scripture, was chosen to carry, birth and raise the Son of God, but she had no part in His creation, which she understood. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, alone. No wonder the angels and the heavenly host cried out together in praise! Look what the Lord has done! Hallelujah!)
Thank God for Mary! Mary’s faith was strong enough to submit, even though she didn’t understand. Her faith was strong enough to face rejection from family and her culture after telling a very perplexing story that ended in an unwed pregnancy. Her faith was strong enough to stand and watch her son be beaten and crucified. Her faith was strong enough to wait in the Upper Room with Jesus’ disciples after His death for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Mary was a woman whose faith in God and His Word was unshakable and although the Bible doesn’t record many of the things she probably said, this week’s devotional series will focus on three very important things she did say, so make sure you catch the whole series!
…your faith in God will always cause you to be the natural choice when He needs to work a miracle here on earth.
“I am the servant of the Lord” – This the most powerful statement any Christian can make when God tells you what He needs. And God does need you. In Luke 1:35-38 the angel Gabriel tells Mary that the Holy Spirit will come on her and that she will give birth to the Holy One, “who will be called the Son of God.” Her response to this great honor and burden is challenging and thought-provoking because she had been given an impossible situation, but instead of allowing it to strike fear in her heart, Mary’s faith was ignited. Instead of asking for a sign, Mary submitted. Instead of dreading what God had asked of her, Mary determined to get it done. “May it be unto me according to your word,” she said.
In a different way, you, too, carry the Holy One, the Son of God, within you. Do you wrestle with what you know He’s asking? Is there fear or faith? Signs or submission? Dread or determination? Giving birth to a miracle is going to take everything you have to give and you may have an impossible, confusing situation to walk through, but God has chosen you and remember: Giving birth to Jesus was only the beginning.
Thought for today
There is nothing wrong with being afraid when God asks the “impossible” of you, but remember: If God needs you to do the impossible it’s because He wants to prove that His word makes the “impossible” a reality. “For with God nothing will be impossible,” the angel said. (Luke 1:37) In Jeremiah 1:12 the Lord spoke saying, “For I will hasten My word to perform it,” meaning that He will “watch vigilantly over” His Word to make sure it is carried out in your life, in my life, in the lives of those you care about, and in the entirety of the world. God is a Man of His Word. If He is asking you to face down incredible odds or do the “impossible” or to show faith in the face of fear or to cling to the Word or message He sent you in spite of push back, criticism or rejection from others – think of Mary. What she went endured would have broken anyone who didn’t have an unwavering faith and trust in the Lord, but because she clung to Him, God used her to bring Jesus Christ into the world! God will use you to bring Jesus Christ and His Gospel into the world as well, but you can expect that the “impossible” to be part of that journey. Praise God for choosing you! You may not feel ready or strong enough, but He knows you are! Say what Mary said: “I am Your servant” and then see what miracles God will do!