45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45)
In this single verse we can draw so much meaning from the words.
For example, two things came to mind when I read it. The first is with regard to her faith. Her faith seemed to spark a huge blessing. Because she believed that the Lord would fulfil His promises to her, she was blessed. Mary’s faith seems to make her a worthy candidate to be listed in the ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11. But she isn’t listed; I checked! Even so, it’s evident that Mary held onto a huge amount of faith and trust in the Lord.
The other thing that occurred to me was that, despite the fact that it must have taken a lot to trust God, by way of consenting to be the mother of the King of kings, she still believed that He would fulfil His promises to her. I wonder how familiar she was with the verse in Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). I wonder whether she clung to the hope and comfort found in these sorts of verses.
Something that I’m coming to believe is that: even though it’s almost always impossible to see, at the time, when faced with a difficult situation, God really does have our best interests at heart.
This is part 5 of 24 daily reflections in the lead up to Christmas 2017.
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