Summary: Have you ever asked the question "Why Me God" Mary was told she was highly favored of the Lord. In life we have questions of Why Me, God has a plan for each of our lives.
In a moment you will see a short clip that will connect with the scripture verses we will be using for today.
Have you ever asked God, Why Me?
The clip I show you will have us sitting in on the conversation between Mary and Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s home.
A young girl by the simple name of Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus
The angel appeared unto her and she questioned the How, for I have not known a man, the angel describes her as highly favored in the eyes of God and tells her about her cousin Elizabeth
The weeks and months go by and she gives birth to the Son of God, the Shepherds come and tell what the angel told them
Lu 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Lk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Lu 2:18 And all they that heard [it] wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart.
Pondered: to bring together; to converse with; to come together in ones mind; to confer with self;
In the thought of the mind it means to fight with,
I truly believe there were times within Mary’s heart and mind the question, “Why Me”
Why not someone else, why would God want to use me?
We know that Mary and Joseph were planning a wedding, Why Now God?
No doubt in her mind there was a battle with many questions that began with Why.
Have you ever questioned God Why Me?
I’m sure Moses asked Why Me?
Did you ever asked for confirmation that God was talking to you, the angel told Mary to go to Elizabeth who had been barren and now was too old for child bearing.
Then after Jesus is born God sends shepherds, now you did not get much lower than shepherds
God why don’t you send someone of influence, someone people would have respect for, God sends shepherds
Elijah he was chosen of God to take a stand against Baal, Ahab and Jezebel, now that was a tall order.
Now to prepare him for this mission he tells Ahab it will not rain until I say, and God places Elijah out in the wilderness and feeds him with the ravens until the brook dries up
Confirmation was going good until the brook dried up, now God sends him to a poor lonely, depressed widow woman who believes there is nothing left for her and her son but to die, no doubt she questioned Why Me
Why did God not send Elijah to a rich person of plenty, Elijah tells the woman bake me a cake and she did and the meal barrel never went dry.
1. God looks for people of faith
Lu 1:30 ….. Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Favor with God was not found in what she had done but rather who she was,
She had cultivated a relationship with God
God knew her faith would carry her though the fear and disgrace of being with child and raise it according to custom.
Are you cultivating a relationship with God?
Those that do God will use,
You might ask Why Me but it has to do with you cultivating your heart toward God
Can God trust you to follow His word, His leading, His calling?
2. God looks for those with a servant attitude
Lu 1:38 KJV And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord;.
NIV 1:38 "I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."
Are you willing to be a servant of the Lord?
Do you have questions today “Why Me”
Have you cultivated your heart for God’s word to grow in you?
For God to use you?