Words from the Heart for Monday December 11th, 2017
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.”
Luke 1:29-30 (NIV)
Mary was greatly troubled by the angel’s greeting. For the second time the messenger uses the word “favor.” She has not earned this opportunity to be used of the Lord. Rather, the Lord has placed favor upon her life. Do we worry that the Lord really wants to use us? He has made us worthy. Receive the joy of His favor into your life today.
In 1865, two years before Confederation, the New York Times reported that there were troubles in the colonies “to their north.” It appeared that there was a desire on Britain’s part to lessen the ties between herself and her North American colonies. According to the article, “It is manifest that all of [the colonies’] great troubles, during more than half a century, have grown out of their present political dependence on a distant Power, which has unreservedly confessed its desire not to perpetuate the connection.”
The world sees angels as cute little cherubs who flit around the spiritual realm looking after human beings. While the Bible does speak about guardian angels, every time an angel appears before a human being, the response from the human isn’t “aw, how cute.” It is always terror, fear, so much so that most people fall flat on their face before God. When the angel appeared before Mary to announce that she would bear the Messiah, her first response was fear as well. Luke 1:29-30: “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” I imagine that we would all have a similar response. Being confronted by an angel is not a usual experience. But the angel was expecting this reaction from Mary and tells her for the second time that she is favoured by God. Knowing that God loves us always takes away fear. It is when we have the assurance that we are loved by our Creator that we are set free to be all He has called us to be.
These have been words from the heart.