Words from the Heart for Sunday December 17th, 2017
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
Luke 1:42 (NKJV)
Blessed Among Women
Elizabeth’s words to Mary were words of celebration. She did not doubt Mary. She did not reject Mary. She welcomed her. There was no competition. The relationship was one that confirmed to Mary she had really been chosen of God. Who can you encourage today? Who can you speak words of blessing to? The Lord has called us to walk together in His plans.
Earlier this year, Chatelaine magazine polled 1,029 Canadian women between the ages of 35 and 45 and asked them all sorts of questions about their personal lives. The results are fascinating. For example, 83% of the women said that money causes tension in their relationships and for 39% money is the greatest source of stress. 40% said that they earn more money than their partner and 42% said they blow too much money on eating out. And 73% said they did the majority of the cleaning.
After four centuries of silence following the ministry of Malachi the prophet, God the Holy Spirit began to speak again into the life of His people. And He spoke clearly and loudly. When Mary, who had just received word that she was going to bear the Messiah, arrived at her cousin Elizabeth’s house, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she spoke prophetically. Luke 1:42 says “Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” It’s no wonder that she spoke with a loud voice. The Holy Spirit was confirming that the Messiah was about to arrive. The One for whom the people of Israel had been waiting was finally going to arrive. And the Holy Spirit was at work in every aspect of the unveiling plan. Elizabeth speaks blessing upon Mary, who had been chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. For the rest of eternity, Mary would be revered as an example of a woman blessed of God for her faithfulness. Far more so would Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.