“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing shall be impossible. (38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:26-38
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I am so happy to have you here today! It’s hard to believe that we are only a week away from Christmas! You know…we can find it so easy to get wrapped up, in all that is happening around us; that we tend to lay the true meaning of Christmas to the side, which became a time, when Jesus was not only born into this world but a time when He would also grow up to be the true Messiah; that would lay down His entire life, for the sins of this world.
When we look at the Bible reading for today, we see a young girl that probably would have thought of herself, as being the last one in the world, to play such an important part as this, in the birth of the true Messiah. Mary never came from a rich family and never had the characteristics of what the people around her probably would have looked for, which actually made here unusable in their eyes; but yet God still used her.
You know…we think that we have to have great knowledge and the very best of everything to serve God but I have come to see that it’s only through a humble…lowly spirit; that God is able to rise in our stead and do a great work and I believe that this is what He was doing through Mary.
One thing I have come to see through this Bible reading; is how easily we can read something like this and just look at the story in a simple way. In other words…how many times have we read this story at Christmas…never realizing the difficult times that took place…before Jesus was even born. In fact, I believe that Satan must have tried everything he could, to stop this birth…knowing that this birth would play an important part, in defeating the works of darkness.
I’m sure that the path that Mary walked was a very difficult one but I believe that her heart was more set on obeying God and what He had desired for her life at that time. You know…what may seem impossible to us, is always possible to God, when He’s leading the way. I’m sure that Mary knew in her heart; that the road ahead of her would not be an easy one but at the same time, I’m sure that she knew what was honest and true and because of what she felt in her heart; she was determined to face any obstacle because she knew that since God has called her to do this great task for Him; that He would be there to walk her through anything.
Today, can we say that we have that same kind of faith as Mary had? Do we believe that God will walk us through the moments that He has allowed within our lives? One thing I can say about Mary; is that she not only believed in what God was doing through her but she also lived a life that showed a true faith and belief in God and what He had called her to do for Him. When we think about it…even though she knew the road probably wouldn’t be an easy one…she did believe what the angel had said to her… “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Have a blessed Sunday & Merry Christmas!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."