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Daily Devotional Dec 3rd
“Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.’ And then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:38)
When the angel Gabriel went to Mary and told her how God wanted her to serve Him, as the mother of the Messiah, she didn’t hesitate. While it’s true she did ask for an explanation–she knew enough to understand how children were reproduced–she never doubted God’s ability to work a miracle. But it’s got me wondering. How fully did she understand what she was agreeing to?
To say that the society of her day was not kind to unwed pregnant women is an understatement. A woman who had engaged in sexual activity prior to marriage could be stoned, especially one who was engaged to be married to a man who was not the father. Even if she was permitted to live, what kind of life would she and her child have? Forever shunned because of her obvious sin; rejected by friends and family alike.
I am certain that Mary knew all of this, but in that moment, with an angel of God speaking God’s favour over her, she did not hesitate. Her youth was definitely on her side; her faith in God had not become jaded by disappointment. If God was going to have her be the mother of the promised Messiah, surely He would protect both and work out the details on their behalf. If God could cause her, a virgin, to become pregnant, nothing was impossible for Him.
An older woman might have rejected God’s plan; there was an awful lot at stake. To agree to God’s plan would require a tremendous amount of faith–a faith of child-like quality. The Father had called for Mary to trust Him and she willingly and confidently jumped into the unknown future–unknown to her, but already established by God Himself. As a result, she is a woman declared in Scripture as “blessed above all women” (Luke 1:42) because of her faith.
Should not her example serve as a goal for us as well? To willingly and confidently jump into the unknown when God calls us to? Mary was blessed because of her faith in God, that what He said He could and would accomplish. May we each strive to grow into this young woman’s ‘shoe size’ when it comes to her faith and her confident ‘YES!’
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!