Blessed is she who believed

by: Carole L. Haines

39 Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (Luke 1:39-45)

The word of God is so rich in its original meanings, and I love to find how deep these words go in the stories of God’s Scriptures. I was reading the passage about The Advent and Nativity. As I read, I was struck anew by one statement of Elizabeth’s to Mary.
45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (vs. 45)

Two words stuck me here, “believed” and “fulfillment.” Mary believed God. She yielded to His call on her life. She did not question Him. She trusted that God would fulfill His Word to her. I wish I could say I have the same faith as she. But alas, I have doubted God far too many times. Yet God is growing and perfecting my faith, even as He is yours. His Word tells us:

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)

God will bring us through to the end. His call to us is to believe Him, to trust Him to finish the work He has begun in and through us, as Mary did. His Word The word ‘believed’ means “to trust, to be committed to, believer.” The word ‘fulfillment’ means ‘a completing, a perfecting, fulfillment.’
God’s work is to complete what He has begun in us. We cannot perfect ourselves or our faith. Our call, our work, is to believe Him, simply trust Him. Jesus tells us this:
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)

We are to devote ourselves to knowing God, and to commit ourselves to trusting His plan, even as Mary did. Indeed, “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (Luke 1:45) Let’s keep it simple, Dear believer, believe and trust; simply believe and trust. Merry Christmas dear followers of Christ. May this season bless you as we celebrate His first appearing and look forward with eagerness and joy to His coming again. God Bless you all.

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