17th December – Luke 1:46-56
Mary’s song is full of joy and praise for the Lord. She seems to know God inside and out and fully understands His role in her life and through the generations. This incredibly strong understanding of who God is, completes her faith and, considering the incredible burden she is carrying, must be the sole reason that she can rejoice the Lord fully. Are we able to say that we can do that? Are we clear who God is and are confident in his presence in our lives? Mary being only around 15 or 16, seems to have no problem with this or if she does have doubts, she can push them aside to fully praise God.
‘The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great.’ Lamentations 3:22-23
The relationship between Mary and Jesus has always intrigued me. Jesus is the son of God, the greatest man to have ever walked the earth and yet Mary has a duty of care over him. She takes on such a responsibility and allows God’s power and wisdom to flow through her so that she may bring up the son of God. She fully trusts in the Lord that it will work out because she is sure of his constant presence. Do we put all our troubles in front of God and trust in Him that it will turn out all right in the end?
‘We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him’. Romans 8:28
And yet through all this, she is still humble and recognises that she is a servant of God. She has been given an amazing and wonderful part in God’s plan but this has made her even more humble than proud. She knows the power of God and recognises that it is not her that is great but God and she has just been greatly blessed by Him. God works through us and we need to recognise, just like she did, that it is all by God’s hand. He is the ruler of all and He is always by our side.
‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ Hebrews 13:5
Lord, we thank you that you love us enough that you gave your only son. Help us to bring before you our troubles and trust that, with you, it will all work out for good. Thank you for all the amazing work that you have done with our lives and keep us humble so that we can fully rejoice and glorify your name.