From Presence to Peace

December 14, 2020

Luke 1:38 NIV

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Today's Reading: Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)

The human mind is captivated by mysterious things. Our curiosity draws us to things that are puzzling. Where and how did time begin? How far do the universe and space stretch? When will we finally see the Loch Ness Monster? (ok, not really).

There are parts of Scripture that the human mind simply cannot fully comprehend. In just thirteen short verses of Luke chapter 1, one of those deep mysteries is revealed to us. God’s rescue plan for His people would take a very different path than expected; it would go through a miraculous birth of the God-man through a young virgin named Mary.

Say what??? For many of us, this part of the story has become a normal narrative, but when you step back and think about what really happened to bring Jesus to this earth… it is mind-boggling.

Think about the fear in that young woman’s heart when an angel of the Lord appeared to her to tell her that she would be pregnant, and in a rather unconventional way to say the least.

How would she explain that to her friends and family? What about the plans she had for her wedding and life with her newlywed husband? What about all of the gossip that would surround her and the new life inside of her? I’m sure there were hundreds of questions like these going through her head, yet Mary responds to Gabriel’s good news with a sweet posture and response:

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38 ESV).

How could she be so calm in the wake of such life-altering news? Why not ask for God to pick someone else? I truly believe that Mary’s response of obedience and humility can only be explained by the peace of the presence of God in her life. He sent His angel not only to declare news, but also to bring comfort. The Lord changed her future with the assurance that He would walk through it with her. Through Gabriel, God reminds her that:

The Lord is with you (Luke 1:28 NIV).
You have found favor with God (Luke 1:30 NIV).
The Holy Spirit will come upon you (Luke 1:35 NIV).

The presence of God reorients us to peace in the midst of uncertainty. He provided for Mary, and He provides for us. Like the hymn of old, all He asks of us is to Trust and Obey. Let it be unto us according to His Word.