From Concern to Confidence

December 13, 2021

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

Devo Author: John Barclay

Date: December 13, 2021

Of all the wonderful and wise women in Scripture, I think Mary, the mother of Jesus, might be my favorite. Her humble willingness to be used by God should give courage to all God’s people. The same Angel who announced the birth of John the Baptist also announced the birth of Jesus. The news that she, a virgin pledged to be married, was going to give birth to the Savior of the world must have been startling. Can you imagine?

Have you ever felt called by God to do something that at the time seemed impossible? How did you respond? Although it might not come through an Angel, God often leads us toward situations that might be overwhelming and seem impossible. For me, it has come in the form of a challenging job in the business world and later a ministry opportunity that felt overwhelming at the time. 

In our family, it has come in the form of challenges during our foster and adoption process. In each of these situations, there were mountains that needed to be moved, challenges that only God could remedy. I have learned my most important role in these times is to trust Him.

That is exactly what Mary did in her situation. God always seems to provide a way to accomplish His plan and purpose in His timing. The Angel said to Mary, among other things, that her Son, Jesus, would be called “Son of the Most High;” and He would be a King whose Kingdom never ends. How overwhelming these words must have been! For this to happen, an absolute miracle had to occur, a virgin would give birth. After Mary’s initial concern, the Angel assured her of God’s grace and favor on her. As a practical display of that grace, God provided an understanding ear: her aunt Elizabeth, an older and wiser woman, who walked with Mary through the challenging time. God’s provision of peace during a challenging time, often comes in the form of a Godly person. Someone who will listen. Someone to empathize with you and offer an encouraging word. Elizabeth’s words to Mary– “blessed are you among women and blessed is the child…” are inspiring and comforting.

God does use His people to accomplish His purposes. Has God ever used you in the life of another like he used Elizabeth in the life of Mary? Mary’s words earlier in the passage give us a glimpse of why God chose her to be the mother of Jesus. Mary’s ultimate response to the Angel was, “I am the Lord’s servant…may your word to me be fulfilled.” This young lady was a leader who loved and trusted the Lord! Her initial CONCERN was converted to a Godly CONFIDENCE.

Often the plans of our infinite God can overwhelm our finite understanding. As Christians, our confidence is found in a Savior/King, born miraculously two thousand years ago, who is still reigning today.