Day Four – The innocent heart

Today’s Scripture: Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:19, Isaiah 7:14

After Gabriel’s encounter with Zechariah, he was sent on another mission to give the good news to Mary that she would become the mother of God’s Son. What a difference in the two angelic encounters. While the old priest was stunned and skeptical, young Mary remained calm—almost as if she was expecting his appearance.

If we piece together what we know about Mary, we find she had an observant spirit and an inquisitive heart. She watched and listened before responding. Today we would consider her an internal processer. No wonder her response to Gabriel’s message was one of innocent inquiry—“How will this be since I am a virgin?” While Zechariah had challenged the angel’s authority, Mary merely inquired how the miracle would happen. She may not have fully understood the significance of the angel’s message, but this young girl surrendered herself so God’s will could be accomplished through her: “May it be to me as you have said.”

Some people say we should never question God—that it shows a lack of faith on our part. I humbly disagree. I believe God enjoys our curious inquiries, because they will lead us to deeper understanding of His character and how He works. After responding to Mary’s inquiry, the angel left her with wonderful assurance—Nothing is impossible with God. One more thing for the young girl to treasure in her heart.

  • What question(s) would you like to ask God? What’s keeping you from asking those questions?
  • How quickly do you surrender to the Lord’s will? What can you do to become more like Mary?