God wants to do so much more in your life than you imagine! This truth is proved out in the conversation between Mary, Mother of Jesus and Elizabeth (Luke 1). These words jumped off the page: For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed (verse 48).
It’s true, isn’t it? Mary, the mother of Jesus, is highly regarded in our hearts and minds. The name of this young Jewish girl continues to be celebrated more than 2,000 years later. If Mary had not accepted an incredible assignment and allowed her body to bring forth the Savior of the World, her name might have remained in obscurity. But God had greater plans for Mary.
God has great plans for you too! Just as He gave Mary a special assignment, He has one for you. How does it begin? It begins by hearing and responding to the Word of God. Prior to visiting Elizabeth, Mary received a message from an angel. He gave her some extraordinary news. She was going to give birth to the Messiah, and she wouldn’t do this with the help of a man. She would become pregnant by the Holy Ghost! Now, if that wasn’t some unbelievable news, I don’t know what is. Mary heard the Word of the Lord and received it. Here is her response: “…Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word…”
You and I need to have the same response each time we read God’s Word. When we see a promise for healing, peace, etc., we need to say, “be it unto me according to thy word.” We need to AGREE with what the Word says and expect it to come to pass.
Mary’s circumstances weren’t ideal for this task. She wasn’t yet, married. But still, she received the angel’s message. How was her pregnancy going to look to her community when they found out? Would people believe she and Joseph, her fiancé, had committed fornication? The punishment for such was stoning. Was she afraid? Or, was she convinced God would somehow make a way?
I think Mary believed the latter. God DID make a way and nine months later, Mary gave birth to Jesus. (By the way, you have to give Joseph his props too. How would you feel if your future wife became pregnant by someone else? But an angel appeared to Joseph as well and put his mind at ease. Like Mary, Joseph received the Word of God and cooperated with God’s plan.)
During His infancy, childhood, and teens, Mary and Joseph nurtured Jesus as any normal parents would do. You’ll have to nurture the promises of God. You’ll have to read them daily, speak them over your life, decide to believe them and cast down every negative thought contrary to what God’s Word says. As you engage with God’s Word in this way, faith will come into your heart, and you’ll SEE that God’s promises for your life are real.
God has exceedingly far over and beyond what you can ask or think ready for you. Will you receive what He has? Will you stop questioning the impossibility of it all (with God all things are possible). Even if you don’t understand your assignment, will you continue to seek God and stand on His promises? Will you nurture the promises of God and any understanding He gives you?
These are all questions you should consider in your quiet time with God.