Mary’s lesson to us for today is to choose obedience when confronted with confusion, worry or fear not doubt. Mary faced the crossroad where doubt and faith meet. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary about 5 months after appearing to Zechariah. She was a young virgin engaged to marry Joseph.
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 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 conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will 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 Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:29-33 After receiving this troubling message, here is her response, verse 38, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Mary could have responded to this troubling news, a reputation killer, with anger, disbelief, worry, criticism of the Lord’s plan or doubt in God’s ability to bring this about. Zechariah questioned God’s ability in Luke 1:18 “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” He doubted God and wanted assurance. Look at Mary’s question to Gabriel in verse 34, “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” She knew God was able and just wanted to know how this miracle would be accomplished. Her answer shows faith in God that seeks to understand God’s way.
Mary shows us how we can question God in faith. Having doubts or fears is not a problem for God and He will reveal to us His truth. We may have trouble understanding it with our finite human minds but He will tenderly explain when we show faith and obedience. Gabriel did explain the situation and God’s power personally to Mary after her question in verses 35-37. And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Mary showed her love and obedience for God in her response to Gabriel’s explanation. Let us seek to be obedient and accepting of God’s work in our lives- embrace it, love it and walk trusting Him for the results.
Seeking to live like I believe in Him,