KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

1 Luke: 34 – 40 – Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”             

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

 “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

 

God never begrudges us questions when we are facing “impossible” situations. The angel had just told Mary that she was going to have a baby as a virgin. Wouldn’t you have a couple of questions? Gabriel does not get angry and say, “Why are you questioning God?” No, he gives her the explanation and then gives her further evidence that God can do the impossible.

The way Gabriel talked, it was just as impossible for Elizabeth to have a child in her old age as it was for Mary to have a child as a virgin. This is evidenced by the statement, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” This seemed to convince Mary that what was told to her would also happen.

What Mary does next should be a lesson to us all. Since this kind of thing had not happened to very many people in history, LOL, (everyone knows that Mary is unique in this category), she had no one to talk to about it. As you see in the Bible, even her husband to be did not understand this one. I cannot say that I blame him. I would have needed an angel to come to me and explain that one as well.

But, since Gabriel told her that Elizabeth had a miracle too, it says that Mary went “in a hurry” to see Elizabeth. We must do the same thing. When we are faced with a problem or a supernatural occurrence, do not go and talk to just anyone who you think will listen.

You will have a lot of acquaintances in your life, but very few people who you can call confidants: Maybe 2 or 3 in your lifetime. In Mary’s case, there was one person in the whole world who would understand what she going through. That is why Gabriel gave her the information. One thing I noticed: this was not a FRIEND, it was a RELATIVE. The way it is put in Matthew 1:18, it appears that Mary went to talk to Elizabeth before she spoke to Joseph about it. That is because Elizabeth was FAMILY and Joseph was not FAMILY, YET.

Most of the time, it is FAMILY who love you unconditionally enough to get you through crises. They may not always tell you what you want to hear, but they love you enough to get you through it.

Friends, on the other hand, have very little invested in your life. They can run and even turn on you when things get rough.  Do not look for sympathy; because, no matter how well you think you know your friends, they have no reason to keep a juicy piece of gossip quiet. They have friends that they have known longer than they have known you and, often times, will share what you have told them. Now, the news is out there. That would have been devastating in Mary’s case.

Family always has your best interest in mind and they will, in most circumstances, stand with you until the crisis has passed.

Watch out who you confide in during times of great miracles and great crisis. Do not trust everyone with the information. Even Joseph wanted to put Mary away privately without a lot of people knowing what was going on. Today, we probably would have blasted it all over Facebook and the whole world would know about it. Some things are best kept in the family.                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

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