Summary: Mary’s faith and devotion to God is an example to Christian mothers today.
4-5 Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, If you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
12 Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?
16 Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons?
35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
In other words, "Job, I don’t answer to you."
God doesn’t consult us. He doesn’t ask our opinion. He doesn’t take a poll. He simply acts, according to His perfect wisdom, knowledge, and love. He always does what is right and best, and He doesn’t concern Himself with whether or not we approve. Our choices are either to humble ourselves before God, to obey His decrees and submit to His will, or to rebel and disobey. It’s really as simple as that. Whatever we may think of the way God is running the world; whatever our opinions may be regarding his oversight of that small part of the world which we call our lives, it really doesn’t matter. Our choice is to submit and obey, or to rebel and disobey.
God is worthy of our trust
There are good reasons to obey God.
First of all, God knows what He’s doing. His wisdom and knowledge far exceed ours. His decision-making process would not be improved by consulting us.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. -- Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! ’Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’" -- Rom. 11:33-34 (NIV)
Second, God always does what is right and best.
"He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he." -- Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV)
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." -- Romans 12:2 (NIV)
So in light of all this, what was Mary’s response to the angel’s announcement?
"’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her." -- Luke 1:38 (NIV)
Mary could have responded quite differently.
* She could have said no; or she could have begged off, claiming that she wasn’t the right woman for the job. But we see no hint of hesitation or reluctance.
* She could have demanded more information. Although she did ask one question, it was only for the purpose of understanding, not for evaluating whether to accept the commission.
But Mary simply said, "OK." Then the angel left - there was nothing more to be said.
We should emulate Mary’s faith
I would like to suggest that the mothers in this room are in a very similar situation to Mary’s, with the exception that none of your children are quite as perfect as her Son.