The Faith of Mary
In the book of Luke, Mary visits her cousin Elisabeth who is pregnant with John the Baptist at the time. Upon Mary’s arrival the baby leapt for joy in Elisabeth’s womb knowing that Mary was pregnant with Jesus. Elisabeth then, moved by the Holy Spirit, magnifies Mary saying “blessed is she that believed”. And Mary replies:
“My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.” »
Consider Mary’s situation at the time; those not in on God’s plan would have likely viewed her as an unwed mother-to-be who, in a natural sense, had brought shame upon her family.
However difficult Mary’s situation was, through faith in God’s plan for her, she considered it to be a blessing, not a curse.
When we praise the Lord for all he has done for us, we may suffer persecution from others, even our own family. They may talk about us behind our backs or even reject us. No matter the tribulation we’re faced with, let us, like Mary, have faith in the Lord’s promises, and continue to magnify the Lord and rejoice in God our Saviour.
This short thought was written and illustrated by saints in the Adelaide fellowship. If you would like to help contribute your illustration or writing skills please get in contact.