Mary’s mouth gaped. The angel had vanished as quickly as he’d appeared leaving Mary’s mind whirling with awe and questions. God had chosen her—a nobody—to be the mother of His Son! Who could she tell? Who would believe her? Would Joseph? The angel said her cousin Elizabeth also carried a miracle child. And her husband was a priest. She would visit Elizabeth and Zechariah.
Elizabeth’s welcome astonished Mary.
In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!’” (Luke 1:42-45 NIV).
Mary’s hope soared; she didn’t even have to explain! Would the Lord prepare Joseph as He had Elizabeth?
Three months passed, and Mary returned home. There was no delicate way to say, “Joseph, I am pregnant. But it’s not how it looks. I am carrying God’s son.” She rested her hand on her stomach and smiled. God would make a way.
God’s Mysterious Ways
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways are not like our ways—they’re better. That includes His timing. I tend to forget that. But Mary didn’t. While Mary surely hoped God would prepare Joseph as He had Elizabeth—no one enjoys being rejected or misjudged—she fully trusted Him.
And God trusted Mary to walk through pain and hardship with Him.Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways are not like our ways—they’re better. That includes His timing. I tend to forget that. #FirstChristmas, #RefreshingFaith Click To Tweet
Joseph and Mary’s betrothal was a formal covenant relationship that could only be broken by death or divorce. The Bible doesn’t say how Joseph learned of Mary’s pregnancy, but he believed she’d been unfaithful. According to the law, adultery couldn’t be overlooked.
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19 NIV).
While Joseph considered what to do, God sent an angel to Joseph.
‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ … When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife” (Matt. 1:20-21, 24 NIV).
Mary Trusted God
Mary inspires me in many ways, but I want to focus on one aspect—her faith. She didn’t have to convince Joseph of her innocence or figure out the virgin birth. It didn’t matter if the inn was full and she didn’t have a midwife. Even King Herod’s murderous rampage couldn’t overshadow the wonder of God’s promise: Jesus would “save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21 NIV).
Has a loss or misunderstanding darkened your thoughts this Christmas season? Every year contains both pain and joy. May we follow Mary’s example and let the light of God’s promise chase the shadows away. For Immanuel has come. God is with us (Matt. 1:23).
Blessed is she who has believed” (Luke 1:45 NIV).Has a loss or misunderstanding darkened your thoughts this #Christmas season? Let the light of God’s promise chase the shadows away. #Faith Click To Tweet
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