MORNING MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."
In Luke 1:26-32, Mary is given three wonderful statements. I can't even find the words to describe the salutation from the angel of God.
Let's take a look at them:
1.Thou art highly favored.
2. The Lord is with thee.
3. Blessed art thou among women.
Wow! How potent and how affirming are these three statements made to Mary. Now, Mary was going about her usual day, just like any other when the angel appeared to her. She thought, "What kind of greeting is this?"
Let's think back for a moment. In the counsels of God, it was discussed that Mary would not only be born, but she would be chosen for the highest level of preferential favor that a woman could be honored with. She was born for this special purpose. Her body was to carry the son of God, Jesus Christ.
That high preferential favor of God bestowed upon her wasn't to be taken lightly. She had not only the favor of God but His presence with all His divine ability to support and carry her through. She was the most blessed among women because it wasn't just that she was pregnant, but impregnated by God's Holy Spirit with His precious son. How incredible is that!
Those three statements were going to be significant in Mary's life for the next 33 years! She could not have imagined the magnitude of those statements, but when the right situations and moments came, she would call them to mind; like the time Jesus at age 12 disappeared and they didn't realize they had left town without him. She would have to remember what God's word through the angel had said. You and I would of had some choice words for that 12 year old had he been ours.
the uncomfortable horse back ride, being pregnant, no room in the inn, the open manger, and the unusual circumstance she had to be in had to bring those words back to her heart. Mary would find comfort and peace and keep a right perspective on her circumstances as a result.
The series of rejection and criticism her son received, even of his own brothers in the family, must have set Jesus apart in her heart as she thought back on God's words to her. All the events leading up to His crucifixion were the hardest of them all and once again, the final confirmation of His birth and purpose were played out before her very eyes. What a tremendous burden on her heart as she watched from the foot of that cross, the child she bore, as He suffered and died. He was not only her son but her precious Lord as well.
You and I have God's words to us in written form. We can have as much of Him as we want; available to us 24/7. Our lives will depend on those very words! If we don't know what His word says, then in those crucial hours of need, we will be in big trouble!
We too, have been chosen by God to represent Him on this earth and He desires to commune with us daily and He loves to sit with us and speak His heart to us as He too listens to us speak to Him. He delights in this and waits patiently for us to show up each and every day.
It is those same words that will guide us, and teach us, while showing us the way to navigate here on earth. The intimacy of our relationship with Him is vital. I can tell you from first hand experience that when the storms of life hit, and they will for sure, I look forward to running into the presence of the Lord and bury my head and heart in His hands. I don't text or make phone calls to anyone because no one can comfort or help me like Jesus can!
Let us hold on to God's words to us and look to see them come to fruition in our lives as we await His soon return!