“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!'” Luke 1:39-45
This short passage shows us that not only did Elizabeth and Mary know each other but miraculously Elizabeth and her unborn child recognized the presence of the Lord within Mary. Since the Spirit of God had not yet come to indwell believers, in Old Testament times the Spirit would come upon a person for a short period of time for a specific task to be accomplished or for a revelation from God. The Spirit of God revealed to Elizabeth that the child Mary was carrying was to be the long awaited Messiah. Her words convey the joy, awe and amazement at this revelation. She praised God for his Grace to her in allowing her to be in the presence of the coming Messiah and for Mary’s faith in believing God.
What does this greeting tell us about God? Both Mary and Elizabeth were acknowledging and depending upon God’s faithfulness for all to be accomplished. We serve a faithful God. God knows and loves each of His own. He will do all He has promised: care for and make strong; forgive and make new; protect and purify. God’s plan of redemption depends upon His faithfulness and He will carry out His plan. He is faithful to His Word and we can trust Him to keep all of His promises.
How has God shown Himself faithful to you? Have you felt his care, strength, forgiveness, renewal, protection or cleansing regeneration in your life? When you do, you are experiencing the faithfulness of God at work in your life. One of my favorite promises comes from Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” We can cling to God’s faithfulness in hope and expectation just as Elizabeth and Mary. Think about your life and reflect on God’s faithfulness to you. Praise Him for His faithfulness today.
Knowing and serving our Faithful God,
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