38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!
Let it be to me according to your word.”
And the angel departed from her.
God’s word never changes but it can change you.
Initially, Mary brooded over what the angel said. She however learnt to turn her eyes away from how she saw herself to become what God saw in her. Mary’s willingness to submit to God’s Word enabled God to transform this ordinary village girl into an extraordinary vessel for His use.
God’s Word has the power to calm grief and heal hurts.
God’s Word has the power to starve doubt and feed hope.
God’s Word has the power to still fear and stir faith.
Like in Mary’s case, there are times when God’s Word seems difficult for you to bear or understand but keep meditating on what God has revealed. Imagine what you will become if you are willing for God to do in you and through you and for you according to His Word. For it is not what you are—but who God says you are that fulfils you.
When Mary said “let it be to me according to your word”, she fully surrendered her whole self to God with all that she was and all that she had, and God gave her all that He was and all that He had. Mary didn’t end up with less but got more than she ever expected.
A life that takes delight to become what God calls it to be, will never be anything less than God’s best.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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