These nine thoughts are inspired by the Angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary concerning the birth of the Saviour found in Luke 1:26-38 “In the sixth month...” (v.26). God has a time for everything. He will reveal the plans He has in His mind for you at the right time. We just need to learn to “wait on the Lord.”
“A virgin betrothed to a man…” (v 27). We have the freedom to make plans for ourselves. But God has His own plans for us. What would you do when the two plans collide? Would you have the wisdom and strength to go with God’s plan?
“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you…” (v.28). Notice the connection between His favor and His presence. How could it be otherwise? Have you ever experienced the blessing of the connection between the two? Are you “with the Lord?” If not …. (I’ll leave that unsaid.)
“[Mary] was troubled at his saying…” (v. 29). Are you ever “troubled” by God’s word to you? If you are not, you may not be getting God’s message.
“You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son…” (v. 31). Sometimes we volunteer for God’s purposes. Sometimes He drafts us for His purposes. Are we prepared to be drafted to do what He wants done. What would you do if what He wants is different from what you want?
“How can this be…?” (v. 34). There is a huge difference between asking God “how” and asking Him “why.” Do you know the difference? “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…” (v.35) -- that is the way God answers the “how” question. What role does the Spirit play in your life?
“With God nothing will be impossible…” (v. 37). I hope you hear this loud and clear. God says with Him nothing is impossible! What “impossible” things are you facing today?
“Let it be to me according to your word…” (v.38) Even though Mary was drafted, she responds with a willing heart! Therein lies a great lesson for us. The secret of a willing heart flows from our identity as servants of God.
“And the angel departed from her…” (v. 38). There are times when we have angelic help, but most times we feel we are on our own. But we must not forget Jesus’ promise of “another Helper”. It is He who will abide with you forever (John 14:16).
With these thoughts I wish you a blessed Christmas.
Pastor Robert Chew