The amazing story recorded in the Bible about Mary the mother of Jesus has to me always been an encouragement and challenge. I have often asked myself if I would have been willing to do what God asked of Mary. Hers was a simple and perhaps hard life in Roman occupied Israel, but it was touched by so many miracles of God. I have always been uplifted and inspired by Mary’s simple faith and trust in God.
So, who was Mary? Mary was a Jewish village girl living in Nazareth at the time of the angel’s appearance to her. Her name, Mary, means “strong”. She was betrothed to Joseph, a godly Jewish man. When the angel Gabriel came to her and told her that she would bare the Son of God, her world turned upside down from that moment on. As a virgin, according to the Jewish Torah, she should have been stoned, but God protected her and opened Joseph’s eyes to see the incredible task and privilege He had given both of them. After Jesus’ birth, Mary is mentioned throughout the Gospels. She and Joseph had other children as we know from the later Gospels and she was there when Jesus died on the cross. Perhaps she should be remembered most though, for her very own faith and trust she had in the Messiah of Israel.
Here are some more thoughts to ponder from the story of Mary:
- Mary had an incredible trust and faith in God.
- Mary was willing to do whatever God asked of her.
- Mary praised God. (Luke 1:46-55)
- Mary knew that God would lead her and she was willing to follow where He led.
- Mary knew that her life was not her own and she was God’s servant. (Luke 1:38)
- Mary treasured all that God taught her. (Luke 2:51)
May we all strive to be more like Mary in our walks with God!