Joseph and Mary: Humble Wondering

“Mary said, With all my heart I glorify the Lord! In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49

God could have chosen a royal princess to be the mother of Jesus. He could have used a rich, influential man to be Jesus’ adoptive father. Instead, God chose a hardworking carpenter from a small town in Galilee and a young woman from humble circumstances to be the ones who gave birth to and raise the Messiah.

Take a moment to read the words of Mary again from the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. Can you sense both her wonder and confusion about what was happening to her? Don’t forget, it took an angel to explain the details to her and even then it was hard to believe! It took that same angel to convince Joseph that Mary had not been unfaithful to him and become pregnant by another man. Both believed the angelic messengers, and God was pleased to begin his redemptive plan through them. Can you imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph to have God work in this way? Luke tells us that “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

This Advent season, what are you pondering in your heart? What are some great things God has done for you? Make a mental list or write down some things that happened in your life that clearly indicate God is at work. Then remember as you look forward to the future how God uses the humble to accomplish his purposes, no matter what the circumstances. Follow Mary’s lead when she responded to the angel’s message, “I am the Lord’s servant…may your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38).

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