Finding Hope and Trust in the Christmas Story

Finding Hope and Trust in the Christmas Story

As Christmas day approaches, I have been reading from an Advent devotional. My reading this morning gave me a new perspective about Mary and her faith. Consider this verse from Luke in which the angel Gabriel is speaking to the young Mary:

Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." - Luke 1:30-33 (NKJV)

Mary displayed great faith when she responded with, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." However, what strikes me most was how she must have felt 3 decades later at the foot of the cross. Her Son did not appear great on that day, He did not have the throne of His father David, and He certainly did not appear as if He was going to reign over anything forever - He was obviously about to die. Mary didn’t know the plan for the resurrection and the redemption of the world. It was all there in God’s design, but she would not be able to see it for some time.

I think we should keep this in mind when we face difficult things. We can rest in the assurance that our lives are safe in His hands. If you are facing difficult times this Christmas season, take heart! Like Mary, your perspective is limited by your vantage point. The Lord sees the big picture - trust Him.