These days I was reading the passage of Luke 1, and I had my attention fixed on verse 45, where it is written: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”. These words, inspired by God, were spoken by Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, to Mary, Jesus’ mother.
In this chapter the story is told of when Elizabeth, a barren woman of advanced age, becomes pregnant and soon after Mary who is her cousin and virgin also becomes pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. But returning to the fact mentioned in the verse that caught my attention, the faith of Jesus’ mother came before the promise was fulfilled.
Reading this passage it is also possible to identify that because of her faith she received the grace to give light to the Son of God. The answer of the Lord’s servant to the angel who announced to her what was to come, was filled with faith, she answered: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be fulfilled in me according to your word”.
After reading this, I kept thinking about how many times we don’t want something to be fulfilled, but we don’t even believe, or we can even say that we believe, but soon our minds come loaded with an absence of faith. God is sovereign to act and do when he wants, but many times we still have so much to learn, so much to grow as our faith, and we are stagnant accusing the Lord of having forgotten what he promised.
And I ask you, have you faithfully believed what was given to you? In Mary’s case she could do nothing but believe and so she did. But we, many times besides believing, which can already be a challenge, can act on many situations to fulfill what was promised.
The belief comes before the fulfillment. First we must believe, have faith in God that never failed and will never fail, without faith nothing is possible, our Father wants to fulfill His promises, but we need to give our lives and hopes to Him, and surely He will act, because God acts beyond what we can imagine. So believe!
God bless you!
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