But is it True?

OPENING PRAYER

Lord, thank You for those You have given me to walk with me and strengthen my faith.

 

Read: LUKE 1:39-45

[39] At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, [40] where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. [41] When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. [42] In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! [43] But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? [44] As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. [45] Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

 

Reflect: DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE YOU COULD GO TO LIKE THIS?

If you were Mary, what might you have been thinking after Gabriel had left (38)? Graciously Gabriel had sown the seed of an idea as to how Mary could check out his message (36). But visiting Elizabeth was no simple or safe task for a young girl. Four or five days’ journey from Nazareth was quite a trek. I wonder how often she went over in her mind what she was going to say when she arrived.Mary needn’t have worried. Her greeting was enough (41). Elizabeth felt the kick of baby John in the womb and at the same time was filled with the Holy Spirit. Not only did she know that Mary would have a child (42), she knew Who the child would be (43) and that Mary believed God’s promises to her (45). That, together with the confirmation of Elizabeth’s own pregnancy (44), was all that Mary needed to hear. And all without saying anything about it to Elizabeth! Even the most trusting, faith-filled believer needs truth to be confirmed. Questions and even doubt are part of being human. But, as here with Mary, our gracious God can find a way to answer them.

 

APPLY

Pray for people you know who need reassurance. Is there any way you can help them?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord, thank You that You have made us a part of the community of love.

 

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