“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”Luke 1:35
Mary’s response to this message from the angel was “Be it unto me according to thy word” Luke 1: 38.
I am not sure what Mary expected as a result of this news, but if she was living in our day, she might have thought that, because of God’s choosing her to be the one who would bear the Son of God, she would have a privileged life and all kinds of benefits. After all we know that according to Romans 8: 28 God works everything together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. She would have the best care, conditions, and consequences because of her exalted position.
We know that didn’t happen. Actually, it seems that God went out of His way to make sure Christ’s nativity here on earth was as humble and lowly as possible. This may be a reminder to us that when we obey God’s calling on our life we shouldn’t expect special treatment and a comfortable living. As I look back on the experiences of my life, it’s the challenges and difficulties that I went through that were the hardest that I had the most assurance from God that I was doing what He wanted me to do.
I want to wish everyone a very blessed celebration of Christmas and a happy and fruitful New Year. We rejoice and take comfort in the fact that our God is still in charge and He is orchestrating everything for our good and His glory. I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for me in 2022.
I am grateful that the Lord has given me the opportunity to serve Him and allowed my health to improve to the point that I am able to continue for a while longer. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in the coming year.
Just a quick reminder that our essay contest has a deadline of January 31st. Let’s encourage our high school students to get involved.
Andrew K. Buhrow
Baptists for Life of Wisconsin