What would you do if an angel of the Lord appeared to you? Think about it.
I’d like to say that I’d be courageous and not be afraid, but I’m not confident in that. I’ve never been one of those people that desires to see supernatural beings. I like to know they are there and maybe even see signs of their presence. But, to see the actual being itself might be kind of frightening. I’m tapping out on this one. I have friends and family that have the Gift of Sight (more power to you) and I’m just relieved that the Lord dispenses gifts to those He knows can manage them well.
In today’s devotional, the angel, Gabriel, appears to Mary to deliver a very important message about what God has called her to do. A calling that will change the trajectory of her life. Let’s look at how she responds in Luke 1:26-35 …
26 Now in the sixth month [after that], the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 To a girl never having been married and a virgin engaged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And he came to her and said, Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!
29 But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said and kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean.
30 And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.
31 And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus.
32 He will be great (eminent) and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His forefather David,
33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob throughout the ages; and of His reign there will be no end.
34 And Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no [intimacy with any man as a] husband?
35 Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.
In verse 28 Gabriel says to Mary, ” Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]!The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!”
You know what I love about how Luke writes the Christmas story? He includes Mary’s emotions of the moment. What if an angel of the Lord said that to you? I mean, after the initial shock of seeing an angel, would you be flattered and take his words at face value? Or, would you analyze and question what He is getting at and what is his intentions are? I’d be the latter … Verse 29 says that when Mary saw Gabriel she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said. Thank you Luke. Thank you. THAT is relatable! She is not perfect, just like you and me. She was disturbed at seeing the angel Gabriel but also confused by the intention of his message. She too is challenged by letting her human emotions get the best of her, yet she was STILL chosen by God.
When was the last time you let your emotions get the best of you?
What was the outcome? Did you miss out on something great?
Have you ever let fear stop you dead in your tracks from achieving your goals or doing something you are passionate about?
Yes. A thousand times yes …
In the second half of verse 29 it says that she kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean. Anyone out there tend to overthink things? I can either tend to overthink things or spend too much time meditating on and analyzing … well everything, really. Sometimes when I get lost in my head, I’m not listening as much as I should be and I’m not open to receiving what is being said. You know who also did that? Mary.
In verse 30 Gabriel has to reassure her and repeat himself by saying, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.” Mary is lost in her feelings of fear and analyzing the intention of Gabriel’s words yet, she was STILL chosen by God.
In the next few verses, Gabriel relays the message from God that Mary is to become pregnant supernaturally by the Holy Spirit and give birth to the Son of the Most High and His reign will have no end.
Have you ever questioned a calling that God placed on your heart?
Have you second guessed Him speaking to you or prompting you to do something?
In verse 34, Mary responds to Gabriel’s message by saying, “How can this be, since I have no intimacy with any man as a husband?” Her human nature kicked in once again. Any folks out there rationalize things before jumping into them? I know I have numerous times! In response to her fear, doubt set in and she started rationalizing and questioning how a supernatural pregnancy could happen. And, you know what? She was STILL chosen by God.
Just as God chose Mary in spite of her human flaws, He chooses us. Don’t ever doubt that.
Mary certainly questioned the angel Gabriel and the logistics of how this calling on her life would actually happen. However, I noticed that not once in this part of the story did Mary question her qualification to give birth to and raise the Son of God. I’ve talked to many moms who at the end their day feel unqualified for motherhood or feel that they have failed in one way or another. I often question whether or not I’m able to be the mother that Leo needs. Moms, this is where we get our inspiration. Mary was tasked with being a mother to the Son of the Most High yet she didn’t doubt herself or question why God chose her. Let’s do the same when He calls upon us! We are called therefore he qualifies us.
Thank you Lord that in spite of our fear, hesitation, analyzing and rationalizing; you STILL choose us to do your works and entrust us with special gifts that serve a unique purpose. Help us God to see ourselves as you see us, daughters of the King whom you have chosen to be mothers. What a gift!
Meet me back here tomorrow to talk about Mary’s answer to Gabriel and her display of wisdom, obedience and thankfulness!
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