"For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name."
Do you have a complaint?
How about an illness?
Are you striving over an unsaved friend or relative?
Do you tend to struggle financially during this season?
Complaining about the strife of life is a slippery slope, one that is far too easy to fall down.
Mary made a conscious effort to gravitate towards God and to acknowledge His hand in her circumstances.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
I am certain that Mary had an opportunity to complain and grumble. Undoubtedly she could have . . . I mean she was female and a teenager at that! She certainly had cause to complain as far as "world standards" would have dictated. Mary's heart, however; was acceptable in the sight of God, therefore, she became a chosen vessel.
How can we too reciprocate this kind of heart?
- Acknowledge the LORD. Proclaim His goodness and boldly recall that His ways are high above ours. Find the Light in your situation, this builds your faith. Grumbling and complaining only feeds the flesh. GO the opposite direction.
- Shout it from the mountain tops the renewal of your grateful heart. Search and seek for something to be content with and thankful for . . . you maybe surprised at the long list you end up with. Thankfulness is the healing remedy for complaining.
- Declare His holy name. Keep the name of Jesus Christ at the tip of your tongue and do not be ashamed to boldly declare it over you life, again and again.
Mary must have known that her circumstances here on earth did not dictate her value in the LORD's kingdom. Her meek and humble spirit accepted that this earth was not where her value lies. The same is true for you!
Please remember that the way you "feel" or how you "perceive" your circumstance is not the reality that God intends for you. It is just a feeling, a thought, a passing moment, a breath.
Trust in the One who established your path and give Him praise!
I hope you will join us tomorrow as we continue to reflect on having a Mary Heart for the season and bask in the faithfulness of our God.