Text: Luke 1:28
The Lord is with you
When Gabriel suddenly appeared to Mary, she needed that same reassurance. “The Lord is with you,” he said. The reminder of God’s presence in her life would be crucial for the news that Gabriel was about to deliver.
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:29-33)
“Do not be afraid,” God said to Abram (Genesis 15:1).
“Do not be afraid,” God said to Joshua (Joshua 8:1).
“Do not be afraid,” the angel said to Zechariah (Luke 1:13).
“Do not be afraid,” the angel said to the shepherds (Luke 2:10).
In Mary’s own song of praise she cried out, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
Mary was chosen because of God’s grace, just like you and me. She was just an ordinary girl with an extraordinary calling.
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
Mary’s question didn’t mean she doubted what the angel said was true. She simply questioned the logistics and sought clarity and direction. Her wonderment did not mean she was reluctant. She was just confused about the physiology of the process. She had never slept with a man, so how was this possible?
The angel answered: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:35-3)
The angel saw the purity of her heart and went on to explain exactly how this would occur. In a day when women were not formally taught the Scriptures, when they were not allowed to sit under a rabbi’s teaching, Mary had a front row seat with one of God’s personal messengers for private tutoring.
She believed by faith. She obeyed by choice. And she remembered that God was with her every step of the way.
During this hectic time of year, filled with long to-do lists and stressful family dynamics, remember this: God is with you!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the promise that You will never leave me. Even when I can’t feel Your presence, I trust by faith that You are here. Help me to be a woman who believes You and not a woman who is tossed to and fro by her feelings. In Jesus Name.
Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
December 18, 2013
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