The First Week of Advent!
Today I’m linking up with Kelsey from Faith, Fun and the Fergusons and Faith from Artistic Hands of Faith for #GROWinHisWord, a project started by these two ladies to encourage women everywhere to study God’s Word! Every week a new verse will be selected and we will be using the acronym GROW to Study His Word:
Dearest Father, on this first week of Advent, bless us with Your Word. Bless us with the precious story of how You gave us your only Son that blessed first Christmas day. Open our hearts and our minds this advent season to receive the greatest gift of all. Forever and ever, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.” -Luke 1:28
Mary is extremely obedient
- Mary accepts her destiny easily
- Mary is not afraid or doubtful
- As women, we should all strive to be obedient, faithful, and trusting in our God
What really stands our to me is Mary’s obedience and faith. The Angel Gabriel says to Mary:
“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His Kingdom will never end.” -Luke 1:30-33
And all Mary has to say is: “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
Okay, let’s break this down:
You’re going to have a son
- He is the son of God
- He will inherit the throne of David
- He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever. That’s right, forever.
- And His kingdom will never end.
Of all the questions this young woman could ask, of all the doubts she could have, it is in her ability to carry this son of God. How can she carry a Son while she is still a virgin?
Mary has no doubt in God’s ability to achieve the remaining miraculous promises, the promises that God alone is responsible for. Mary’s concern lies in her role: bearing this promised child.
Imagine if the only doubt we ever carried concerned our abilities. We often doubt God or proclaim to have insight into His great plan (“If God wanted to change that, He would have already”), what if we were more like Mary? What if we more readily accepted God’s plan for us? Listened to His instruction? Believed He is who He says He is?