Then Mary said [to the angel], “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
A certain grocery store encourages people to bring their own shopping bags by having them fill out a ticket for a drawing with their name and phone number (if they spend more than $25 in the store). If they win the weekly drawing, they get $25 of free groceries. People have filled out the coupon scores of times without winning, but they dutifully continue. Why? Because they know who will never win: those who don’t say “Yes.”
Filling out a coupon for free groceries is a bit of an act of faith—but not like biblical faith. The grocery store doesn’t promise your faith will be rewarded, but God does: “He is a rewarder of those who” have faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6). Saying “Yes” to God is an act of faith that brings blessing and reward. Did Mary the mother of Jesus have the choice to say “No” to God? Humanly, it seems she did. But she chose to believe God’s messenger and say “Yes.” And we are blessed because she did.
Let your default answer to God be “Yes”—and trust Him to reward your faith in His way (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Doubt breeds distress, but trust means joy in the long run. Charles H. Spurgeon
Luke 1:26-38 – In Depth – Pastor Chuck Smith – Bible Studies
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