Thursday, December 19, 2013

Advent Day #19 - Luke 1:46-56

Mary responded, "Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.  How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!  For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.  For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.  He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.  His mighty arm has done tremendous things!  He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.  He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.  He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.  He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.  For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever."  Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.

God always works in the exact opposite of how we would do things.  When he set in motion the incarnation, he chose a humble peasant girl.  He didn't choose to use a rich or influential woman to give birth to his son.  He is continually trying to humble the proud.  Mary is able to praise him in his faithfulness.  She has been taught all of the promises of God to her ancestors.  She is blessed and thankful to have been chosen by God for this very important role in redemption.  She is unable to contain her joy in him.

A.W. Tozer talks about being used by God as a victory through defeat.  Before he can use anyone in his plans, he has to conquer them.  It is only after we realize that we bring nothing special to the table that he can use us for his purposes.  If you remember the story of Jacob, it is only after God defeats him in the wilderness that he is then able to bless him.  It is our humility that prepares us to be used by God.  God is not looking for super talented people.  In fact, it seems like he enjoys using less than talented people.  If you remember the burning bush, Moses tries to talk himself out of the call, because he is not a good speaker.  It is when we are at our weakest, that God is at his strongest.  Mary was humble.  Their was nothing very special about her.  She brought nothing to the table, but a faithful heart.  Now, all of the generations will call her blessed!  Praise God that he can use us in our weakness.

 

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