Have you ever been in a situation were you felt no one understood your dilemma. You searched hopelessly for an attentive ear and heart to console your grief. But to no avail, none was to be found. The Bible gives an account of how Mary’s dilemma revolved around super natural events beyond her control:
- Event one: Mary was a virgin with child
- Event two: Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph
- Event Three: Mary was to be the mother of the Messiah
Each event was a tall order in deed. How could anyone wrap their heads around each event as Mary sat them down to explain the changes she was going through? Look, the only expression coming out of my mouth would be, “What you talking about Mary?”
However, God does not issue an assignment without providing provisions for the task at hand. Provision one, was Mary’s relative Elizabeth who was with child in her old age.
Luke 1: 36-45 “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
I guess you could say God set Mary up to win by blessing Elizabeth, a close relative to Mary with a super natural event as well. When the tools of ridicule, doubt and isolation attacked Mary, a shoulder to lead on was just around the corner. God made sure that shoulder was someone who could relate to and believe in the super natural.
Provision two involved Mary’s fiance Joseph. Matthew 1:18-25 describes Joseph as a righteous man of faith and integrity:
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet 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.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Put yourself in Josephs’ shoe for a minute. He was about to marry a virgin who all of a sudden was with child. Try explaining that one to Mary’s parents and your friends. Can you imagine the questions Joseph had for Mary? The wonderful thing about God is He leaves no stone unturned. An angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream explaining all that was taking place.
The God we serve ask that we trust, honor and obey him while leaving the consequences to Him. Wow! What a mighty God we serve! As you start your day, learn to trust, honor and obey God in all matters. He will handle the consequences that come your way with the absolute assurance of His will coming to completion.
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