Luke 1:45 “You are blessed, because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
After Mary received the angel’s message that she would carry the Christ-child, she soon shared the story with her relative, Elizabeth. Luke 1:45 records a portion of Elizabeth’s response to Mary’s news.
Elizabeth was most impressed with Mary’s faith. She realized that the only way Mary could fulfill God’s plan was to have an unshakable, untiring and unyielding faith.
Mary’s faith was the character quality that would sustain her through her journey. Her faith would give her the courage and strength to do God’s will. Mary had to believe that God would help her fulfill His assignment.
Mary passed the test! She accepted her responsibility to be a young woman of faith. She believed that God would do what He had spoken. She was confident that, although the path would have its difficulties, God would get her through. She believed!
Just as God had a plan for Mary’s life, He has a plan for you also. He wants to form the character of Jesus Christ in you. He wants to use you to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people that do not know Him.
Just as Mary had to exercise faith to complete her God-given mission, so do we. We must believe in God’s promises, no matter what our circumstances say. We must be confident that God is able to do in us and through us what seems impossible to us.
This Christmas give fresh attention to your faith. Let Mary’s faith inspire you to believe that God can and will do the impossible in and through you.
Lord, there are times when we give in to unbelief. Instead of believing that you can and will do the impossible in us and through us, we doubt your promises. Forgive us for our failure to believe. Forgive us for our tendency to look at our personal circumstances and inadequacies rather than trust in your infallible Word. This Christmas we commit ourselves to grow in faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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