The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. - Luke 1:35
Mary’s story is one that shows great faith in God, and ultimately leads to the birth of God’s son, Jesus. Mary is someone who I really admire, because she was able to take a bold step in faith and completely trust in God. In Luke 1:46-48 Mary says,
“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
I really admire her willingness to trust God and her joy in having the Lord choose her. When I put myself in her shoes, I can’t help but think I wouldn’t have had her bravery. I find that sometimes I question God’s plan for my life, and I doubt when I hear Him speaking to me. I think that Mary is an inspiration in trusting in God’s plan for her. I also love how this verse highlights that God can use ordinary people. Mary wasn’t wealthy or in a high social class, but that didn’t matter to Him. He picked her to bear His child because she was devoted to following Him.
One of my favorite parts of this story is in Luke 1:45, which says “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” I just love this verse because it reminds us how important it is to trust in God. When we do this and when we give our lives to Him, amazing things can happen. We often doubt His promises, His word, and His voice, but Mary shows us what can happen when we truly believe that God is in control and that His plan is best.
I imagine that many people were skeptical of Mary when she told them that she was to be expecting the Son of God. But again, she trusted Him over the opinions of others. She knew that His voice was true, and that her relationship with the Lord was more important than the criticisms of others. Even though she was scared, she knew that the Lord would be with her. This is something I often struggle with. I worry about what others think of me, instead of following what God is telling me to do. As we head into Easter, take time to think about how God is always there, and that we can do difficult things through His strength!
1. How can you be bold in your faith and trust God like Mary did?
2. What is something God is asking you to do? How can you be obedient to His voice?
Dear God, thank You for sending Your son Jesus to die for our sins. Help me to remember that Your plan is the best plan. Give me strength to have a faith like Mary’s, where I trust that You are in control. Lord, I am so thankful that You have chosen to use me. Help me to understand what a blessing that is, that I can be a part of building Your Kingdom. Thank You for Your everlasting love. Amen.
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