Matthew 1:29- 33 -29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
Do you think that this was Mary’s plan for her life? Think about that for a moment. Do you think Mary’s plan for her life was to give birth to the Savior of the world? Do you think it was Mary’s plan for her life to have a cloud of suspicion over her and Jesus for the rest of their lives? Because that is what there would have been. Just as we talked about last week with Joseph, Mary would always have a tarnished reputation not because of something she did but because of something God choose to do in her life that was really a blessing. I am sure at the time it do not look like or feel like a blessing. Do you think that she understood that? Do you this that this young lady who was favored by God understood the gravity of her faithfulness, thoughtfulness, and obedience to God?
We need to understand that Mary obediently submitted to God in spite of the potential hardship for her future. It was no longer going to be the future she dreamed of but she trusted God and had faith in Him that it would all be the best. By saying in verse 38, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” Mary opened herself up to many trials. Her fiancé heard of her pregnancy and decided that he would have to divorce her quietly. Her friends would have shunned her and her family may have disowned her. She would have been publicly shamed and rejected in many ways for the rest of her life. But in spite of all the potential hardship, Mary obediently submitted to God’s will for her life. As a result, she was greatly blessed with this unique role in all of history, to be the mother of the Savior of the world. Imagine that pressure on a teenage girl but imagine the blessing also.
Often, submitting to God’s will is not the easiest way to go. It may involve giving up the desire for popularity or worldly success. It may involve your future not being what you thought it was going to be. That could mean that you could leave family or friends to go to the mission field. It could mean that some people could give up the potential for marriage and family in order to serve God with their whole lives. It could mean your dreams completely change. It could mean your retirement years are spent serving God wholeheartedly somewhere other than sitting on a beach drinking drinks with little umbrella’s in them. But whatever hardship we endure in obedience to God, He will richly repay. Because Mary obeyed God, she was blessed among women.
Have you submitted to God’s will? Share you thoughts today.