“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:38)
The angel Gabriel had just announced to Mary that she was going to bear a son, the Messiah, God’s promised and long-awaited Savior, who would be conceived in her by the Holy Spirit. This was startling news! Yet Mary’s response, though she was young, shows a very mature faith.
“A young unmarried girl who became pregnant risked disaster. Unless the father of the child agreed to marry her, she would probably remain unmarried for life. If her own father rejected her, she could be forced into begging or prostitution in order to earn her living. And Mary, with her story about being made pregnant by the Holy Spirit, risked being considered crazy as well. Still Mary said, despite the possible risks, ‘May it be to me as you have said.” When Mary said that, she didn’t know about the tremendous opportunity she would have. She only knew that God was asking her to serve Him, and she willingly obeyed.”
In addition to the risks mentioned above, Mary faced the very strong possibility that her fiancé, Joseph, would no longer want to marry her. And, had Joseph decided to make a public spectacle of her, by the law of the day she could have been stoned to death.
As I consider all of this, I then picture young Mary, and her faith-filled response. Am I as readily obedient to the Lord in much simpler matters, let alone something that looks potentially disastrous? Lord, help us, by your grace, to be obedient in all things, whether or not we can see the outcome.
The Life Application Bible, New International Version Edition, Tyndale, Wheaton, IL 1991, p.1787.