Mary’s Devotion to God and His Way In Spite of Scorn

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord;
let it be to me according to Your Word.”

Can you imagine an angel from God suddenly appearing in front of you? Telling you something will happen to you that is so incomprehensible that no one on earth can ever understand it?

What a shock it must have been for Mary, coming from the disregarded, despised city of Nazareth. She was among the poor and unnoticed.

But God noticed her. He chose her to carry our Savior, truly God who became poor so that we might become rich.

“You know the grace that has come to us
through our Lord Jesus the Anointed.
He set aside His infinite riches
and was born into the lowest circumstance
so that you may gain great riches
through His humble poverty.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 Voice

When the angel appeared, Mary became frightened, but the angel told her:

“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Now listen:
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you will call His name Jesus.
He will be great
and will be called the Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give Him
the throne of His father David.
He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,
and His kingdom will have no end.”
Luke 1:30-33 HCSB

Mary was baffled, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

The angel replied to her:
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,

and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore, the holy One to be born
will be called the Son of God.”
Luke 1:35 HCSB

Wow! God poured in His grace, and Mary opened her heart and believed this was not impossible with God. She answered His call, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your Word.” (Luke 1:38 ESV)

What would this illegitimate birth mean for Mary in the culture in which she lived?  Her father might have cast her out and forced her into begging. She would be scorned and could even be put to death, but God took care of all this and told Joseph not to abandon her and to go ahead and marry her anyway.

She may still have been under suspicion. Maybe she even lost friends.

A difficult journey was ahead of her, and she knew her submission to God would be costly. Yet she remained devoted to Him and freely offered Him her body and soul. It was more important to her to follow God and have His favor than gain the approval of people.

O Lord, are we that available to You? Please help us to give You our whole hearts and lives, both body and soul. Make us open to whatever You have in mind for us in this life, even when we can’t understand it or we meet with resistance. Like Mary, help us to put Your favor and glory above people’s approval and favor. Enable us to throw ourselves into Your hands with a childlike trust as Your servants, ready to do or be whatever You ask us to! Help us to make room in our hearts for You! We invite You to be born in the stinking, dirty stable of our hearts! Help us to embrace and be filled with awe that You became poor so we might become rich! Thank You for Your free gift of unspeakable love!

 

Nothing Is Impossible With GOD

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Out of Nazareth

A despised town

Mary

Poor and unknown

Young and inexperienced

With no authority around men

In the eyes of society

Not good enough

To be used by God

BUT GOD

Highly favored her

To be used to bring forth

His salvation for us

The Holy Spirit came upon her

And she conceived

The Savior of the World

Jesus Christ

How could this be?

Because with God

Nothing is impossible

Mary gave her whole self

Into the hands of God

With a willing heart

Even though she would be

Ridiculed and condemned

The Son of God

Came down in the flesh

To save us

To bring

Salvation for the sinner

Hope for the hopeless

Help for the helpless

Freedom for the captive

Light for those in darkness

Love for the lost

Life for the dead

Mercy from judgment

Grace for the undeserving

Peace to the chaos

Joy for the grieving

So remember

God is Almighty

He can level mountains

In your life

He can use you

For His glory

No matter how small

And insignificant you feel

Because He came down

To deliver us

To make us worthy

To give us power in Him

When He is in us

Nothing is impossible

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You can read God’s story of salvation through Mary in
Luke 1:26-38

A Child's Trust

“Mary, Did You Know?”
Sung by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd

Dearest Lord Jesus, thank You for coming down.
Help us to give our whole selves into Your hands.
Help us to see that nothing is impossible with You!

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God’s Plan Is Greater Than Ours

God's-Plan

The back of a tapestry can be jumbled up threads that don’t make sense at all, but if we turn it over, we find a beautiful picture. We can’t always make sense of God’s plan for us. We cannot always understand, but we just have to trust He has a beautiful picture in mind.

That’s so hard to do sometimes, isn’t it? To trust that God knows best? We may have big plans in our lives, but often God has another plan. Our plans are not always God’s plans. He has a plan for each of us before He even created us, and each of those plans fit into His grand design. He knows what He’s doing.


“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways,”
declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9

If we look back on each of our lives, how many times did God have another plan than we did? Seasons of pain and suffering. Times of loss and heartache. Days of darkness where we wondered if God was really with us at all.

In the past I have wondered – If God loves us and all things are under His control, then why doesn’t He stop others from hurting us so deeply? How can all that pain be in God’s plan? But I realize now that God never wants to hurt us, but as humans we have a choice to choose, and some people choose evil towards us. Yes, God has the power to stop them, but sometimes He allows struggles in our lives so we will learn deep lessons and grow more into His likeness. We can’t always see it at the time, but in the end God always turns evil into good. He has plans to prosper us, not to harm us.

“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

Back in the Old Testament times, Joseph never planned to be sold as a slave by his own brothers or later to be cast into prison for years for something he did not do, but God had plans for him. Joseph clung to God and His promises and became a blessing to many wherever he was at, and in the end he even became a ruler who was the means to save people from starvation during the years of drought. That included his brothers. Joseph forgave them and told them how God had planned all this.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it
for good to accomplish what is now being done,
the saving of many lives.”
Genesis 50:20

In the New Testament, Mary was engaged to a different Joseph. Never did she expect God to conceive a seed in her that would be Jesus. She opened her heart and said “yes” to God’s plan even though she knew it would mean she would be slandered and scorned. And wow, look at what happened as a result! It was all a part of God’s plan to save us. Jesus who is God came down as a man so He could suffer in our place the punishment of our sins. God’s great plan of love, mercy, and grace to us.

However messed up or painful our lives are, God has a plan of love towards us. We will suffer troubles on this earth, and often we will not understand. But He is never going to leave us in them. He will help us through them. And when the pain is so deep, He can go to those deep places in our hearts and heal those broken, hurting places. The incomprehensible suffering He went through for us and His triumph over all evil will get us through whatever suffering we must go through in this life. And someday we will see the bigger picture and see how God’s plan is the most beautiful design we could ever imagine.

“No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering;
he chooses God’s will, as Jesus did,
whether it means suffering or not.”
~ Oswald Chambers

“All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them,
and all His plans have death to self in them.”
~ E. M Bounds

“God will not permit any troubles to come upon us,
unless He has a specific plan by which
great blessing can come out of the difficulty.”
~ Peter Marshall

“When God Has Another Plan”
by the Greenes

Lord, please help us
to trust Your plan.
Please help us to say “yes”
to Your plans for us.

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