Luke 1:34-38 “How will this be”, Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 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.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
This is a beautiful portion of scripture that shows the power and intent of God and the willingness of a lovely young believing girl. Mary has just been told by a heavenly being that she will bear a child even though she has never been with a man. Her calmness and obedient heart to the Lord’s amazing plan is incredible. Most 16 year olds would be screaming -not me, why me, go choose someone else, this isn’t happening to me, no it will ruin my reputation, what will my parents think….. But Mary takes it all in and says- “May it be as you have said.” Am I as willing to accept the Lord’s will for my life like Mary was? Am I obedient to His will over mine? Mary is definitely a good example for us to meditate upon today.
What does this conversation between Gabriel and Mary tell us about God? It reveals the Sovereignty of God. Being Sovereign means that God controls all things. There is nothing outside God’s wise control, even the exact time and place for each person to live. What God plans happens. God planned the time for His Son to come the first time and a time for His son to return. God will accomplish His plan because He alone has the power to do it. All things are possible with God.
I pray you will take encouragement from the Sovereignty of God, knowing that all things are within His control. No matter how difficult your circumstances, like Mary, you can trust them to God. We need to believe that ‘All things are possible with God.”
Believing and trusting our Sovereign God,
The image portrayed in the quote by the famous British preacher of the 1800’s makes me smile and gives me comfort as I consider the magnitude of God’s Sovereignty.