Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Be still, and know that I am God.
If God were to tell you that something was going to happen to you in the future, then what questions or emotions would you have?
And what would be your mindset as you enter into the scenario to come?
Will I have to go through this alone?
Will I be afraid?
Will making it through this really be possible?
Can I take His word for it?
Oftentimes, by means of others, God answers your questions before you even knew you’d have any…and He knows just how to ease your mind.
Keep in mind that the name Gabriel means God is my strength…something that God knew Mary would need to keep at the forefront of her mind as she received this news.
Luke 1:26-38 (NKJV) 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel [God is my strength] was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then 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 bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; 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 of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
In Luke 1:26-38, God already knew that Mary would feel…
So, to put her mind at ease, by means of using the angel Gabriel, He goes ahead and addresses the questions He knew Mary would have…
By God meeting Mary where she was and answering her immediate / most important questions, she was able to respond in the moment…
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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