Walking in Faith (Friday 20 June)

Morning Encounter

Read:

One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. The angel greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.” Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. Then the angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen? I am not married!” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. (Luke 1.26-35)

Reflect:

It’s hard for us to imagine today what was asked of Mary. She was aware that this amazing event would likely bring her disgrace in her community. Then there is the possibility of breaking a marriage contract with Joseph (who considered a quiet divorce). On top of all of that, there is the perplexity of being the mother of the Son of God with the news that ‘you, Mary, will suffer as though you had been stabbed by a dagger’ (Luke 2.35). Mary ponders it all and offers herself as a servant. Contemporary scholar Timothy George reflects: ‘Mary was a disciple of Christ before she was his mother, for if she had not believed, she would not have conceived.’

Respond:

As you walk with God today, spend some time pondering (like Mary) the presence of God with you in every moment of this day. Be still and know that he is God and that he is with you.

 

Midday Meditation:

‘When we choose to be a servant, we give up the right to be in charge. There is great freedom in this. If we voluntarily choose to be taken advantage of, then we cannot be manipulated.’ (Richard J. Foster)

 

Evening Reflection:

Loving God, I choose to be a servant. I yield my right to command and demand. I give up my need to manage and control. I relinquish all schemes of manipulation and exploitation. Lord help me to rest well tonight in your presence. Amen.

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