Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 8th

 

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Willing On The Way: A Lesson Learned From Mary. Luke 1:38 “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

Read Luke 1:26-38. Try to take in as many details as you can and imagine the scene set before you. Try to picture the young girl’s face as the angel appeared before her. Try to put yourself in her position. Scripture says she was “greatly troubled” when the angel first appeared. Can you imagine why?

Think about it. She was a young, inexperienced and unknown girl from a small town that was often ridiculed. How could she have imagined what the Lord had in store for her? She must have stood amazed, if she could stand at all. You can’t blame her for having questions, yet she only asked one. “How?” Not “Why” or “When”….Just “How?”

With the answer the angel provided, she stepped forward. She believed. She obeyed. She must have been so frightened! There was so very much at stake. Her upcoming marriage. Her reputation. Her family and its reputation. And even her life. Yet she said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”  Luke 1:38

Do you wonder if she ever regretted that response? Did she ever think, “What have I gotten myself into?” Perhaps she wished the angel had stayed just long enough to tell her mother, too. He had told her not to fear. Can you imagine how often she had to remind herself of that?

Still, Mary’s humble heart was willing. Though she knew the road ahead was absolutely filled with obstacles, she also knew the one who was leading her down it. She would not shrink from him or the places he chose to put her. She chose to believe his promises and follow his plans.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think forward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Do you, like Mary, need to trust in God’s promises and follow His plans? Often, His plans lead us to places we never dreamed we would go, and the roads He leads us down can be rather bumpy. Still, He is the God who makes rough places smooth. Isaiah 42:16 “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” He will not forsake you. Trust Him. Pray to Him. Ask Him your questions. Listen for His answers, and like Mary, offer Him a willing heart.

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