Saying Yes to God
Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 45, 46; Luke 1
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 1:26-38
In today’s key passage, we find the story of the angel Gabriel telling Mary about her impending pregnancy. To truly understand the significance of this story, we must first understand the time period in which Mary lived. At this time in history, being unmarried and pregnant was a real problem. An unmarried mother could be stoned to death for adultery. Even if that did not happen, unless the father agreed to marry the mother, she would likely spend the rest of her life unmarried. In addition, often the unwed mother would be abandoned by her parents and family, and would end up turning to begging or prostitution as a way of life. So when Mary was told by Gabriel that she was going to give birth to a baby conceived by the Holy Spirit, Mary could have focused on all of the negatives to her pregnancy. She could have told Gabriel that she was not interested. She could have said no to God’s plan based on all of the hardship that she would likely face. All of this is what makes Mary’s story so amazing and inspiring for all of us today. See, she did not seem to worry about the potential problems this child might bring her. Instead, when she was told about His upcoming birth, she responded by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (1:38) Despite the personal risks, Mary knew that God was asking her to serve Him, and she willingly said yes to His plan.
When God asks us to serve Him, we may at first be tempted to hesitate. We may worry about the risks involved or we may focus on the potential downside of doing whatever God is calling us to do. When we begin to focus on these negatives, the chances of us disobeying Him increase. As we walk through our Christian journey, we can all learn a lot about faith and trust by the story of Mary. Like Mary, we can resist the urge to focus on the negatives, and instead focus on the goodness of God and the blessing of obedience. When we do this, we find that more often than not, we will be saying yes to God.
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