Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” -Luke 1:28-33 (NLT)
Okay, so let's pretend for a minute that we can put ourselves in Mary’s shoes. A virgin teenager engaged to be married. One day a so-called angel appears to tell you that you’re going to give birth to the Son of the Most High. How would you respond? I don’t know about you, but I’d be looking for the hidden cameras and wondering who put me in a reality TV show. It seems too impossible for me to believe.
Mary has a very different response than I would have had. Luke 1:34-38 (NLT) reads:
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 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. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
Let’s read her response one more time! “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
Mary had not yet lived through the truth and victory of the resurrection. She didn’t know what we know now. And yet, her response was one of unshakable faith and trust in God. She asked one question and then her actions swiftly followed with acceptance and obedience. The last words the angel spoke to her: “For the word of God will never fail.” (Luke 1:37 NLT ) or as the ESV version reads: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Nothing is impossible with God. That truth was all Mary needed to know.
I don’t know what impossible situation you find yourself in, but I pray that you not only believe, but you also live in the truth that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. Write it on every surface of your home if you need to until your soul continually shouts nothing is impossible with God.
1. What impossible situation do you find yourself in?
2. How has God walked you through the impossible seasons?
Father God, Thank You for choosing Mary. Thank You for choosing me. Thank You for sending Your Son to save us. Lord, help me to have the spiritual maturity and trust in You the way Mary did. Help me to respond to Your Spirit with quick obedience. Let my life be a testimony of Your faithfulness. In Your name I pray.
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