I remember my first in-the-pulpit devotion. I was petrified but I also liked it – a lot! I remember after my next devotional, the pastor approached me and said he thought God may be calling me into the ministry.
ME…A PREACHER? You’ve got to be kidding.
It’s the last thing I wanted but the first thing I kept thinking about. I thought God had made a fatal mistake; that He didn’t know what He was doing!
I wonder if any of those thoughts raced through Mary’s mind. The idea of being pregnant and not married did not appeal to her at first. The idea of God doing something special with you, though exciting, can also make you apprehensive.
Then it sinks in, the prophecy that every Hebrew girl knew; therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isa 7:14
Do you think she wondered if she was really the one; the one to bring forth Messiah?
As further proof, Gabriel offers up the fact that Mary’s relative, Elisabeth is also with child. It certainly proves his final words to the young lady – For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
How many ways can she respond?
Can she say, “No, I don’t want to do this?”
She knows it didn’t work for Moses or Jeremiah. It wouldn’t work for her and it won’t work for you.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:38