Doubt and Expectancy
“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
Without all of the details and without a clear path, Mary answered with an unequivocal yes to God. Luke 1:26-38.
She risked. She believed.
The season of Advent reminds us of a spirit of waiting - a process. Some two thousand years ago the Israelites had been waiting centuries for the coming of the Savior – God’s son, Jesus Christ. And, He was birthed through Mary - young, poor, female - all characteristics that, to the people of her day, would make her seem unusable by God for any major task. But God chose Mary for one of the most important acts of obedience he has ever demanded of anyone.
In Luke 1 the angel, Gabriel, made two appearances – two announcements. One appearance was to Zechariah and one was to Mary. He appeared to Zechariah to bring news that his wife Elizabeth would bear a son, John. He appeared to Mary to bring news that she would birth a son, Jesus – the long awaited Messiah. Both were announcements and promises spoken into unlikely and impossible situations. The first words Gabriel spoke to each one was ‘Do not be afraid’.
Same invitation. Two different responses.
Zechariah replied with ‘How can I be sure of this? in verse 18. Mary replied with ‘How will this be?’ in verse 34. Zechariah doubted. Mary was expectant.
She didn’t have all of the answers. But she said yes. She risked being believed by her fiancé Joseph and misunderstood and even ridiculed by all who knew her.
Even though Mary and Zechariah had two different responses, they were both on a journey to know and experience the heart of God and His promises unfolding. One of the beautiful things in this is that God still had his way and He still fulfilled His purposes through the birth of John and the miraculous birth of Jesus through the Virgin Mary.
God is a God of order and process and He loves us so much that He is willing to invite us into a journey with Him to know Him deeper - every day, every season.
He is the only way and true strength to say ‘yes’ even when we don’t understand. Yes, because he is God and He is good. He is faithful to keep his promises. All of them.
Is there an area you need to release to Him today? Is there a question or a calling you need to simply say ‘Yes, God I trust you.' ?