Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Be It Unto Me"

"And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." Luke 1:38

When we say yes to the will of the Lord, we may not always understand His will- the how, what, why. Mary didn't- "Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" (verse 34).

When we say yes to the will of the Lord, it doesn't mean that there won't be sacrifices. It doesn't mean that we won't have to suffer. It doesn't mean that everything will be a "bed of roses". Saying yes to His will may cause others to reject us. It might put us in uncomfortable situations. When Mary said yes to the will of the Lord, it literally put her life in danger- under the law she should have been stoned. By saying yes to the Lord's will Mary put her life on the line, her reputation in question, her future in uncertainty, her relationships at risk. "Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily." (Matthew 1:19)

Saying yes to the will of God may take you into some difficult places, it may make life harder instead of easier for you. But the end result is worth it all. Don't think that Mary didn't suffer shame, ridicule, mocking, rejection, misunderstanding, condemnation, accusations and so on. But when the end of her pregnancy came and she held that precious little baby in her arms, when she looked into the face of her Savior- the Messiah, the promised one who would take away the sins of the world- all that she had suffered, all that she had been through faded away overtaken by joy.

The joy Mary experienced at the end far outweighed the pain that she suffered when she surrendered to the will of the Lord. The joy of knowing that because of her obedience the Messiah was brought into the world overshadowed everything else she went through. When we surrender to the Lord's will, it may be hard while it's being accomplished in us, but in the end it will bring forth great joy.

Have a great day. Surrendering to the will of the Lord may bring pain and suffering, but in the end it will bring for joy and great blessings.

For further reading:
Luke 1:18-24
Job 23:10
Psalm 105:19

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