“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.’” Luke 1:46-49 (NIV).
Mary of Nazareth. She was a young, ordinary girl chosen by God for an extraordinary task – to be mother to the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. There was nothing that would make the world think she was special. She was not royalty. She was not wealthy. However, she loved God and followed Him, and that’s what matters most to God. She was favored by God. The angel Gabriel told her so (Luke 1:30). Can you imagine?! What a huge blessing. And did you realize that she was your age?
I wonder if she ever felt like it had been a dream. After all, she was not married, only engaged. What a scandal that could be. Would the townspeople try to stone her? That, after all, was the punishment for adultery (Leviticus 20:10). What would her parents think of her? What about Joseph, her fiancé? Would he believe such a wild thing?
When the angel Gabriel visited, he also told her that her relative Elizabeth was pregnant (which was another supernatural circumstance in itself because she was older and supposedly barren). So the first thing Mary did was to go and visit Elizabeth. After all, they had much in common at this time. It would be good for them to spend some time together. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth confirmed Mary’s pregnancy. How did she know? Mary was not showing yet, nor had she yet said anything. However Scripture tells us the Holy Spirit revealed it to Elizabeth.
Mary then sang this praise to God that we find in our key verse for today. The verses that follow are so beautiful. Simply put, Mary praises God for the great thing He has done by giving her, a virgin and ordinary young woman, the opportunity to carry the Savior of the world. There was much she could be concerned about, like adversity and judgment from others for being unwed yet pregnant. Instead of fretting over it all, though, she praised God. She had a child-like faith and trust that should serve as an example to us.
Like Mary, God also has an extraordinary plan for your life. If you love Him with everything you are, just as Mary did, and follow Him where He leads you, as Mary did, He will use you to make a big difference in the world too!
Father, thank You so much for sending Jesus to us, for breaking the silence and sending Your Son, the One and only who would redeem the world. We are so privileged. Thank You for Your lovingkindness. We praise You Lord as Mary did. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ponder: Matthew 1:19-21, “Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins’" (NIV).
Apply: Read all of Luke 1. Take some time to reflect on this miraculous story of the birth of our Savior.Read Mary’s words of praise and take some time praising God for things in your life.
Read: Life Style: Radical Perspectives from Radical Women in the Bible, by Whitney Prosperi
Share: Have you ever had people react negatively when you took a stand for God?
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Angela Parsley lives in Hixson, Tennessee and she wants to visit Israel, Africa or any Caribbean island some day. She loves to sing and dance and got the chance to sing in NYC. Her most embarrassing teenage moment involves bushy hair, uncool glasses and braces. Memories of Angela’s teenage years are giving her life to Christ at age 12, spending hours on the phone and slumber parties. Her favorite verse is Acts 17:26-28 because it tells her that God has planned every life and wants to use them to greatly impact their generation.