from the book -
The Daily Devotional
for the 21st Century!
Good from Nazareth!
(Another who obeyed)
Reading: Luke 1:26-38
"Behold, I am the maidservant of God;
let it be to me according to Your Word"
Mary's was an obedience par excellence. She would face
overwhelming social pressures because she would be pregnant with
Jesus before marrying Joseph. But her humble willingness is a model
of trust and obedience for all of us. The virginal conception was not
easy for her to understand. But she accepted it. How could she do it?
First, she realised her position before the Lord. She said, "Behold
the maidservant of the Lord!" (Lk 1:38). There can be no place for "no"
or "why" if Christ is accepted as Lord in our lives.
Next, she reckoned the power of God's Word. She declared, "Let
it be to me according to Your Word" (v38). Her knowledge of the
Scriptures is astounding. There are fifteen discernible quotations
from the Old Testament in her song (vv 46-55). The stories of how
God created the world, delivered His people from Egypt, saved them
from their enemies, performed signs and wonders, dethroned kings,
established kingdoms, preserved His people in captivity, etc, had had
a profound impact in the heart and mind of this village girl. Now
she was called to an experiential knowledge of what she had read.
The moment the angel said, "For with God nothing will be
impossible," she confessed her wholehearted surrender to Him. The message
of the Old Testament Scriptures came alive before her. Here is a
lesson of practical importance. Saturating ourselves with the Word of God
is a prerequisite for a life of consistent obedience (Col 3:16,17).
Mary and her husband meticulously followed the Law of God. Her purification was "according to"
the Law of Moses; their offering was "according to"
what is said in the Law of the Lord; and the presentation
of the Baby was "as it is written" in the Law of the
Lord (Lk 2:22-24,27). Her poverty made her offer two
young pigeons only instead of a lamb (Lev 12:7,8). Thus
for Baby Jesus everything was done in accordance
with the Law.
We spend too much time with audio and video tapes, but too
little time with the reading and personal meditation of the Bible. We do
not closet ourselves with an open Bible and bent knees. We have
become Biblical illiterates. We are ignorant of God's ways and how to
please Him. God honours faith and rewards obedience. The angel
greeted Mary saying, "Blessed are you among women!" (Lk 1:28).