Devotional Shevat 29, 5780 – Be Like Mary

Luke 1:45 And blessed [spiritually fortunate and favored by God] is she who believed and confidently trusted that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her [by the angel sent] from the Lord.” 

Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. 

Luke 1:35-38 “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) (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God. And listen! Your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is now the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her.  

What an honor to learn from the witness of Mary within Scripture!  Mary was one who gave herself up totally to the will of the Father and responded to Yahweh as a servant, a slave to His mastering. She confidently trusted in Him to protect her in an environment where becoming pregnant outside of wedlock could have meant being sold into slavery or being stoned to death.

She did not even seem to blink an eye, but fully submitted to God’s will. She was wise enough to treasure all of the things He showed her and carefully pondered them within her heart. She lived a life of faith, trusting and knowing she would see fulfillment of those things promised by the Lord! I believe we are fully equipped to be like Mary, bondservants or handmaidens to be used for His glory.  

Let us spend some time singing, reciting, or meditating on Mary’s song – then create our own very special song to Him:  

Luke 1:46-55 “And Mary said, my soul magnifies and extols the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my SaviorFor He has looked upon the low station and humiliation of His handmaiden.

For behold, from now on all generations [of all ages] will call me blessed and declare me happy and to be envied! For He who is almighty has done great things for me—and holy is His name [to be venerated in His purity, majesty and glory]! And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age. 

He has shown strength and made might with His arm; He has scattered the proud and haughty in and by the imagination and purpose and designs of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of low degree.

He has filled and satisfied the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty-handed [without a gift]. He has laid hold on His servant Israel [to help him, to espouse his cause], in remembrance of His mercy, Even as He promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

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