Devotion: Luke 1:26-38
Six months after Zechariah and Elizabeth conceived, the angel Gabriel came back to earth and appeared to a young girl named Mary. She lived in Nazareth and was betrothed to a young man named Joseph. Gabriel spoke to Mary, saying, “Greetings O favored one, the Lord is with you.” God’s messenger told Mary not to be afraid. He immediately launched into the message sent from God. She was going to conceive and bear God’s only begotten Son.
If you read yesterday’s blog, remember Zechariah was rendered speechless for questioning Gabriel’s message from God. I find it interesting; Mary asked the same question as Zechariah. How can this be? Zechariah and Elizabeth were old. Mary was a virgin. Both life altering decrees were impossible apart from a miracle. The priest was dumb struck and the girl was given an explanation. Doesn’t it make you wonder why Zechariah was dealt with so severely and Mary was given such grace? Did it have to do with the fact that Zechariah had walked and talked with God for so long, and Mary was so young?
God knows how He must deal with each of His children. He allows whatever will bring the most glory to Him. We may not understand it. He is always working on us, to transform us from glory to Glory. He also knows where our heart lies.
Could God send us an angel? If He wanted to. Nothing is impossible with God. Would you be struck with fear? Probably. Would you question his decree from the throne room? Only you and God know the answer to that question. I pray, you and I would say as Mary in Verse 38, “Behold I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”