Praying the Magnificat 3
Luke 1: 48 “For he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed”
Who are you today? Are you like Noah being ridiculed for your obedience to God? Are you like Moses with a deep sense of inadequacy and not a great public speaker? Are you like Caleb, the best years look like they have come and gone? Are you like David who did not come from a supportive family? Are you like Jeremiah who was criticised and was very unpopular? Are you like Daniel, in exile, not where you should be? The list of names goes on and on throughout Bible history. Then we come to this less than ordinary girl. She is from Nazareth. Nothing good came from there. It had no religious significance. Her fiancé was not a wealthy trader, he was just a carpenter. Yet she along with the rest was on the mind of God and He chose them. It is what God does. He shames the wise and those who are lofty by using the foolish and lowly. How encouraging for you and me who are just ordinary also!
Elizabeth had called her blessed among women and that she was blessed because she believed the promise.
Mary steps into this blessing. From now on …
Jeremiah tells God’s people that they have heard in the past of all God has done and said. But “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.” Isaiah 48:6.
Paul would change his course of direction when all he faced was a brick wall from the Jews. Acts 18:6 “But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
Do you need to announce From now on? Do you need to step from obscurity and the hidden place and take the opportunity set before you? Do you need to change course and announce a new moment?
Mary from now on steps into her blessing and it will be the next 3 decades that remind her constantly of what that blessing means entails.
One day a woman from the crowd interrupted Jesus’ teaching shouting, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:27-28).
Mary would learn that being blessed meant she would have to learn to obey the child within her.
She would have to learn that Jesus was her Lord not her son.
It would culminate in being the mother knelt down at the foot of the cross with her heart torn realising to be blessed means it will cost you everything.
Almighty God, You bless me beyond my understanding!
In my ordinary state. In this place of difficulty where I face many times the challenge of giving up and walking away, I choose to stay. I remain in this place of lowliness. It is where you found me. It was here in the dust of the earth that you found me and you formed me. You created something new from my ashes. And now … I am blessed!
I step into my blessing today. I choose blessing, joy and life.
From now on I walk in your path, wherever you take me, however you lead I will follow. To the cross I come. To my cross of surrender. For within this pain lies the treasure of blessing.
May others see what blessing truly is.
I host your presence.