Advent Devotionals: Day 24

Luke 1:39-47

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!"

I love that Mary went to the hill country, a pattern that we later see so much in Jesus' life. She was originally troubled at the saying of the angel when he told her she would give birth to the Son of God, but she accepted His word. In looking at Christ's life, when He was troubled or needed time to think, He would go away by Himself. Perhaps He learned this from His mother. She also made "good choices." She chose to stay with her cousin Elizabeth; who, as evidenced by her response to Mary's greeting, obviously loved the Lord, as she was able to recognize the importance of the child Mary was carrying.

Sometimes we know that the Lord has spoken to us, but it is exciting and reassuring when He confirms His word through the counsel of a godly friend. Mary's overwhelming response of praise gives evidence of her conviction and comfort she felt when Elizabeth spoke those words of confirmation at what the angel had told her.

As Mary continued down the path of obedience, the Lord kept confirming His plan for her. I believe each time He did, it increased her faith and gave her peace for the future.
This Advent, I challenge you to spend time daily with the Lord, to choose to be obedient to His word, and to make "good choices" to listen to voices that will direct you to the Lord. Praise Him when He confirms His word to you.

Prayer: Father, remind me to be obedient to Your word each day during this season of Advent. Help me to be in the word as I anticipate Jesus' birth. Amen.
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