Have you had times when you really needed a Word from God? Have you ever been discouraged, but God sends just the right person with the right words that lifts your heart, and points your thoughts back to Him? Yesterday I was discouraged. In fact, I have having a little pitty party. But, without me even praying about it, today the Lord orchestrated a conversation that showed me exactly what I needed to hear and see. The thing I was feeling sorry for myself about, God set me straight, and put my focus back on him through this conversation! God sent the very words I needed to hear!
The Passage: Luke 1:39-56
Although Mary was willing, the angel’s message must have been a lot to process for Mary. God did remind her in Luke 1:37 that “nothing is impossible with God.” I like Fruchenbaum’s comment on this, “no word from God shall be void of power (Lk. 1:37). His point was that since God had produced a child in a barren woman, who was already well past menopause, He could produce a child in the womb of a virgin.”
Soon after hearing the message from the angel, and agreeing to be God’s servant, Mary headed off to Judea to visit Elisabeth. Scripture doesn’t tell us why she rushed off in haste (Luke 1:39). We can speculate. Maybe she needed some re-assurance that she wasn’t crazy? Maybe the reality of what the angel had said was starting to hit her and she was beginning to question what she had gotten herself into? Maybe she wanted confirmation of what the angel told her about Elizabeth, and therefore about what was going to happen with her? We don’t know for sure, but regardless, off she went. The journey from Nazareth to Judea was at least 3 days. There’s no indication that Elizabeth was expecting her, or even knew she was coming. But, the moment Mary arrived we see the Holy Spirit displaying Himself.
- The baby leaped in her womb (Luke 1:41)
- Elizabeth recognized the movement and gave credit to the Spirit. Then herself being filled with the Spirit, pronounce a blessing on Mary. (Luk 1:42-43)
- The baby leaped (Luke 1:41)
- Elizabeth pronounced a blessing upon Mary (Luke 1:42)
- Elizabeth identified the who the baby was (Luke 1:42)
- Elizabeth declared Mary to be the mother of the Messiah and her Lord (Luke 1:43)
- Upon hearing Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth attributed the baby’s movement to be that of joy in the announcement of the Messiah (Luke 1:44)
- While Elizabeth’s husband, Zechariah, did not believe, Miriam did believe the message of the angel, and the Holy Spirit had revealed this to Elizabeth. (Luke 1:45)
The first section (Lk. 1:46-50) describes what God did for her.
- Declares God to be her savior, therefore indicating she acknowledged she was a sinner in need of a savior (Lk 1:46-47)
- Then she used the word “for” three times, emphasizing that she was praising God because of what He had done for her.
The second part of her song, verses Luke 1:51-55 , she declared what God will do for Israel.
What was God doing? Why is this written?
When the Holy Spirit moved in their lives:
- Elizabeth spoke the very words Mary needed to hear
- Elizabeth reminded Mary of what God had said through the angel
- Mary worshipped God
- Mary praised God for what He had done for her, and what He will do for Israel
How does God’s Word and His Holy Spirit move us? He doesn’t want to show you things from His Word just for you.. although that is certainly true, He wants to show you things so you can share them with others! He wants to use your mouth to speak the words others need to hear.
As we reflect on what we see from God, it should move us to worship and praise!
What can we learn from this? What is God saying to me and my life from this passage?
I am reminded again that God wants me to share with others what He is teaching me. I have loved writing these lessons and sharing them with my children, but I feel like God is encouraging me to share them with others. I will be asking God for one person a day that I can write and share my lesson with.
How about you? What is God showing you from His Word? Who needs to hear those words from you?
The Power; Declarations of Truth:
- When I respond to the Spirit moving in my life, it will result in my life being God’s instrument.
- 1 Thess 2:13 When we speak in response to the Spirit’s leading, we are speaking the vary words of God!
- If I do not find myself worshipping because of what God has shown me, maybe I am missing something.