Read Luke 1–2 Sometimes we hear about Mary’s “simple faith”, but there was nothing simple about Mary’s faith, even as a young teen. We get confused and make faith about us. The strength of faith is found in the object of our faith. Look at the kind of faith Mary had from the information we find in the biblical accounts.
I. Mary found favor with God because of her faith. Luke 1—2
- What was Mary’s state of mind when the angel appeared? (1:29-30)
- What kind of questions did Mary have? (1:34)
- What did the angel’s comment in verse 37 reveal about Mary’s thoughts?
- What women from Israelite history might have come to mind as the angel reassured her?
- To whom, or what, did the angel point as the answer to Mary’s fears and questions?
When the angel responded to Mary’s fears, her faith was not in question. He explained what God would do (v. 35-39) and gave a clear, direct answer to her spoken and unspoken questions. He also shared the encouraging announcement that her relative, Elizabeth, would also experience a miracle; she would have a child even though she was barren and beyond the age of childbearing.
As a woman, Mary probably would never have come in contact with the Old Testament writings. She did not have the advantage of the written Word in her hands that we have. Many of our faith questions are already answered in the scriptures. Christians also have the gift of His Spirit to guide and comfort. When we are called to carry big burdens or tasked with something that seems impossible, we are not alone…even if an angel does not appear to answer our questions.
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5b-7)