Advent 2018

Day 6. Mary's submission

Advent 2018 - Day 6. Mary's submission
Thursday 6th December 2018

Luke 1:34-38

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary wonders how it is that this conception can come about since she is not yet married, but that is not the same as unbelief. The miracle will happen by the power of the Holy Spirit. As an encouragement to her, her cousin Elizabeth will also be with child despite her advanced age. Mary’s submission to God and willingness to play the part God has assigned to her is an example to us all. She does so with the confidence that God’s word will never fail. Ask God to make you willing to be wholly available to him. It is not our ability that matters, as much as our availability. If we offer ourselves to God he will use us for his glory. You can be sure of that.

Lord God, thank you for the Holy Spirit who enables your power to touch our lives and circumstances. May your word be fulfilled in me today, may I be the Lord’s servant this Christmas in some way.


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