mary: faithful

from the mary: faithful reading plan

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

BY Diana Stone

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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27 thoughts on "mary: faithful"

  1. Anna says:

    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!!!!

  2. hundredforever says:

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

  3. A PEACH IN ITALY says:

    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 :)

  4. LaurenC_ says:

    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!

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