Trust Him Gladly

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!
Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

With Easter just past and Mother’s Day on the horizon, I’ve been thinking a lot about mothers, particularly two of them from the Bible. First, of course, was Eve, often referred to as the “mother of all living.” And then there was Mary, the mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

What a study in contrasts! Eve, who with Adam had the privilege of living in the perfect environment and in a perfect relationship with one another and with God—not to mention all the animals—caved in to the temptation to doubt God the minute the serpent called the Creator’s Word and His character into question. And the entire human race has been dealing with the consequences ever since. Mary, on the other hand, affirmed the goodness and infallibility of both God’s Word and His character when she declared, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” As a result of Mary’s humble obedience and faith, we no longer have to pay the consequences of Eve’s foolish choice and Adam’s blatant sin.

Mary of Nazareth, an innocent teenage girl engaged to a man named Joseph, had just had her life invaded by an angel, who announced to her that she was going to have a baby, even though she was a virgin. “With God, nothing is impossible,” the angel told her. And with that explanation, this young virgin yielded herself to God’s will and purpose for her life.

Just as Eve fell into sin by yielding to the temptation to doubt God’s Word (“has God indeed said…?”) and His character (“God told you not to eat the fruit of this tree because He doesn’t want you to be like Him or to know as much as He knows”), Mary was able to fulfill her destiny because she believed God’s Word was true and His character was good. She therefore laid down all rights to her own life and proceeded to fulfill God’s purpose for her in bringing forth the Savior of the world.

During this post-Easter season as we approach Mother’s Day when we honor those who gave us physical life here on earth, may we also honor that great truth demonstrated and modeled to us by the mother of Jesus—the truth that God’s Word is always true and His character is always good; therefore we can trust Him and gladly lay down our own lives to serve Him, as well as those we meet on our journey home.

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 26 books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at:

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