Women in the Bible II: Day

Mary: faithful

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Today's Text: Luke 2:25-40, John 2:1-10, Luke 1:39-45

Text: Luke 2:25-40, John 2:1-10, Luke 1:39-45

What if you knew your child’s future before he was even born? Profession, impact, how it would all end?

Mary knew this about Jesus. Not exactly, but closer than any other mother ever would about a child she carried and raised. She knew the scriptures; she saw her own life change as she accepted the role of His mother. She was told by Simeon, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34-35 NIV)

Mary knew her perfect firstborn would always be treated differently. How do you prepare a child for that, even among His own siblings who took years to believe who He was? (Mark 3:20-21) Their own people would both adore and hate Him. How her heart must have ached as she watched His break for others. How did Mary try to prepare Him for a life that no earthly person can fully comprehend?

We don’t see a lot of Jesus’ childhood played out in the Bible. There isn’t much from Mary herself after Jesus steps into His own role and out from under her wing.

She is always there. Watching, trying to help, following Him, trusting in his abilities.

“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:3-5 NIV)

How many times does the toddler He was flash before her eyes in place of the man standing before her? Did she ever beg God to spare Him?

I can’t imagine it never crossed her mind. But Mary was always faithful to the promise she made about being the Lord’s servant. Unwavering, even when it meant her own life was made more difficult.

As her cousin, Elizabeth (whose own son would endure trials on behalf of loving Jesus), told her:

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45 NIV)

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  • Like I said yesterday, I'm so selfish! I could have never just sat back and trusted God, knowing the outcome of my son's life. Goodness, this devo is just so eye-opening! Thank you!!!!

  • hundredforever

    I know I'm crazy behind, but I've earned such respect for Mary in the last two days of readings.

  • A PEACH IN ITALY

    The past two days of this study have really applied to my life as of late. I am about to embark on one of the biggest adventures of my life, and like Mary, my future is very uncertain. God promised me something two years ago, and ladies to watch it come into fruition has been quite a ride! There has been a lot of doubt, because I am a worrier, but each time God reminds me that his word is true, he loves me and he comes through on his promises. Seeing Luke 1:45 reminds me of that.

    "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!" Such comforting words :)

  • LaurenC_

    I've always loved these verses from Luke 1, describing the scene and the conversation when Mary went to visit Elizabeth. Such a loving moment they shared! I don't have a sister but I have a best friend who is like a sister to me, so I find it easy to picture the moment in the room with Mary & Elizabeth, seeing and feeling Elizabeth's baby leap with joy at the mere sound of Mary's voice. I am glad to have had the opportunity today to reflect on Simeon's words to Mary in the Luke 2 verses, as well as everyone's comments on those passages. What a reality check Simeon must have been for Mary – telling her that it won't be all rainbows & butterflies, it won't be easy (to say the least), many will oppose him, but her baby will bring joy to many. I'm not a mom, but I can imagine that any mom's greatest hope for her child centers on him/her bringing joy to the world. I am grateful that Jesus has revealed the deepest thoughts of my heart. His sword has pierced my very soul and I am forever changed in ways I could never have imagined before. Praise our Lord!

  • ambrosia18

    This is really something I needed to hear today and realize how far God's love goes. I really love that we are going through the women of the bible. It's really motivational and encouraging because we can relate in a way to them. I was in tears a bit because of Mary's faithfulness to God and her trust. I want to have trust in God just as she did, even stronger especially when it comes down to looking for work. Please keep me in prayer. This has been one roller coaster ride.

  • Luke 2:52 says ‘Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.’ (NLT)

    It’s a verse that is full of meaning, for we are given very little information on how it was for Jesus growing up- and how Mary dealt with raising a ‘perfect’ child. Surely he cried, for He needed to be tended to, and the baby’s only language in the first months is crying… Or perhaps He didn’t… And always waited patiently for those infant needs to be met!

    Those are only a few of the many thoughts that have rambled around in my head when contemplating Jesus’ formative years. But we DO know that He grew in ‘Wisdom and in favor with God and man’. That tells us that Mary, as His primary care-giver, helped, or perhaps just watched, as He became the God/Man that the Father intended Him to be. Surely the ‘simple’ act of caring for the physical needs of the Savior of the World was full of opportunities to learn, grow and cultivate her faithfulness. I imagine that Mary’s job as the mother of the Messiah was something of a Ministry of Faith, different in ways from OUR experiences as ‘Motherhood as a Ministry’ at home… And then also, similar in ways…

    He grew in wisdom and stature/in favor with God and man. Knowing as I do how very much I have learned from MY OWN children along the journey of raising them, I can only guess as to the amazing insights that raising ‘The Word Made Flesh’ provided. And I, too, have never considered the ‘sword’ that Simeon predicted would pierce Mary, would be The Word. But it must be so, as Jesus was, and IS, the Word.

    So much to ponder today. Thank you, Diana! And thank you, Sisters, as always, for your thoughtful and thought provoking insights…

  • jerianeese

    "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!" Luke 1:45

    This is seriously so powerful! He IS so faithful. May we all trust Him in good times and bad to fulfill his promises in His perfect timing.

    Have a wonderful day ladies!

  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
    blessed are thou amongst women
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

    Holy Mary, mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and in the hour of our deaths.

    Amen

  • In one year's time, Mary experienced:

    1. An angelic visitation.

    2. A promise that she would carry God's Son conceived by the Holy Spirit.

    3. Supernatural events happening all around her before and after giving birth.

    4. Confirmation after confirmation that her life and the life of her firstborn child would be anything but ordinary.

    It must have been so overwhelming for Mary to absorb everything that was occurring. I wonder if it was part of God's grace to give Mary 30 years (from the time Jesus was born to his first year of public ministry) to prepare her for all that she would have to face as a mother.

    God is faithful to fulfill His promise. He is also patiently preparing us for each step along the way.

    • clim23

      I like your insight. God is good, I wonder if He chose to 'reward' Mary for her faithful obedience by giving her 30 low-key years with her son.

    • Lauren C

      So grateful for a God who patiently prepares us for each step along the way!

  • “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:34-35 NIV)
    "The thoughts of many hearts will be revealed."
    "And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
    How utterly… unfathomable. To hear this come from someone's mouth to me would've made the hair on my arms stand up and would've caused my spine to tingle. To know this of your son… Words cannot explain how confidently Mary said this, and how precious she knew her child was to be. I'm in awe of this bible verse. Lord, you have definitely pierced my soul; you definitely have revealed the thoughts of my heart. Praise you!
    Lord, Help me daily to be the blessed one who believes that you'll fulfill my promises. I believe it.
    Have a blessed day, girls!

  • So encouraging to a mother's heart this morning before all of my babies get up… may we all believe in the faithfulness of God for us! He is good, I will carry Mary's faithful example along with me into my everyday. Beautiful.

  • Like everyone else I am completely captivated by Luke 1:45 this morning! It reminds me of the scripture in Hebrews 11 when the author is referencing Sarah and her pregnancy in old age and says “she considered him faithful who had promised” He who promises IS faithful and he WILL fulfill all the things he has spoken to us! What an absolutely great reminder this Tuesday morning. So thankful for this community. May you all be blessed by this sweet, sweet word today.

  • Elizabeth

    "Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!" That is powerful! God is God and things happen in life whether we believe in Him or not, but how much more blessed we are when we look to Him, to Him promises, believe Him for them, and then get to sit back and watch them happen! It wasn't until some years ago that I understood what it meant to "believe God for something." Its life-changing.

  • When Simeon talks about a sword piercing Mary's own soul I can't help but think of the sword that is God's word. (Hebrews 4:12) Mary had the assignment of being the mother of Jesus, but how different would that be from being anyone else's mother? Jesus didn't sin. And He would become her very own salvation. We can see her very real struggles. Herod wanted to kill Him. She and Joseph lost him for 3 days. With the words she receives from Him, I can imagine that sword bringing inward struggles. Jesus told her He must be about His Father's business. He told her at the changing of the water to wine that His time has not yet come. When the crowd told Jesus that His mother and brothers were outside looking for Him He replied "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" He went on to explain that those who do God's will are mother, brother, and sister to Him. While filling a role that was both difficult and important I believe God was molding her. The One who gave her the task also gave her the strength to beautifully do the work. And God will do that for us. Our God is awesome!

    • JuneBug

      What a powerful connection here Hattie. The Sword = the Word…never in this passage did I put the word "sword" in this context. I need to go back and read it again in this light because I think you are on to something important. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love this scripture: And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, (Luke 1:46 KJV) Mary:faithful to God Lord I pray to be as faithful as Mary about all things in my life. Lord I want to magnify You.

  • Just beautiful. Thanks for today’s devo Diana!

  • jesusgirl71

    “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45 NIV) wow! may I always do this, believe in god's promises!

  • help me, oh Lord, to be your loving and FAITHFUL daughter.

  • I loved today's devotion! You are right, we don't often hear a lot from Mary as Jesus takes on his role later in life, but it was so encouraging to see that she was the impetus behind Jesus performing his first miracle. As a mother who had gone through so much controversy to birth Jesus, to being completely aware of the future he was to live and the final outcome, she did not hesitate to be a mother who was going to encourage, nudge a little bit, and cheer on her son as he fulfilled his goals!

    I don't know about all of you, but if that was my son and I knew my time with him was precious before he went off to fulfill God's plan and all the surrounding persecution that would eventually lead to his death, I would maybe have been a little selfish in keeping him safe in my arms, maybe not encouraging him to begin performing his miracles, etc., but not Mary. She insisted he fulfill God's plan…knowing full well what the "turning the water into wine" meant and how symbolic this first miracle was for the rest of God's plan.

    • Katie

      I can't imagine knowing the things that Mary knew– knowing the future of her son and what was ultimately going to happen. If we knew these things for ourselves and our children, how would it change our actions? I agree with you–I too would want to be selfish. But she trusted in the magnitude and sovereignty of the Lord and was blessed for it. He fulfilled his promises to her, but it came at a high price. How faithful she was! I pray that I can be as faithful as God's humble servant Mary. I love that you said "she INSISTED he fulfill God's plan." His plan for her life had a great influence on His plan for Jesus' life and ultimately the entire world's.

  • Speaking of children, I’m praying for a safe delivery for you Diana! Thank you for allowing God use you to write today’s devo as well as yesterday’s

    • Diana_Stone

      Thank you so much for this. I read it early this morning and it was a beautiful thing to wake to. :)

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