Mary’s Response: Willing Submission
by Noa Lovegren
Who would have thought that a poor, insignificant virgin could become so blessed? Who would have thought that one day her song would be in God’s own Word?
God knew, and he put a wonderful song on her lips. Mary’s response was one of willing surrender. It was not surrender because she was scared, or because she was getting money or something out of it. No, it was willing surrender. To her, it was a gift God gave to someone unworthy. No matter that she would be scorned by many, no matter Joseph might forsake her, this was God’s will, and she was willing to obey Him.
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant,” Mary rejoices (Luke 1:46-48). Mary’s submission, meek attitude, obedience, and willing surrender are all things that should characterize Christians. These should characterize us especially during hard times, and times when we just don’t understand.
Just like Mary, we must acknowledge God’s will, and know that it is always the best for us.
“All are alike before the Highest;
‘Tis easy to our God, we know,
To raise thee up though low thou liest,
To make the rich man poor and low;
True wonders still by Him are wrought
Who setteth up and brings to naught.
Sing, pray, and keep His ways undeserving,
So do thine own part faithfully
And trust His Word–though undeserving,
thou yet shall find it true for thee;
God never yet forsook at need,
The soul that trusted Him indeed.”
Georg Neumark, Hymn #670: 4+5
For Advent devotions this year, we are using Pastor Tim Keller’s themes in his new book Hidden Christmas