Mary trusted God on His word.
When the angel came to tell her that she would bare the Saviour of the world, she really didn’t question it. (Luke 1:26-56)
She did not understand how she could bare a child since she was a virgin, but she did not doubt God at His word. (Luke 1:34)
Even in the face of mounting ‘evidence’, Mary had her trust in God.
What did the evidence say to Mary’s friends and family? That Mary was with-child and therefore, could not be a virgin.
But what was the truth? I firmly believe it was that Mary conceived the Messiah, Saviour of the world, whilst still a virgin.
That truth is hard to swallow. And it made Mary look like a fool for trusting it. So, at her tender young age, Mary’s reputation was destroyed.
But she still trusted God and thanked Him for His favour, when many would prefer not to walk that difficult path. (Luke 1:46-55)
Have you ever thought about how hard life must have been for Mary? She was pure, but all believed she was tainted. She was righteous, but never really received worldwide vindication!
But she trusted God. Even though she looked dumb.
We, as Christians, often look dumb in this world. Especially in academic settings.
I remember my first week of university. I was studying American History, and we were looking at the Salem Witch Trials. My lecturer scoffed and said ‘now, we can see how foolish they were, believing in a devil! I mean, does anyone believe in a devil anymore?’ The class laughed a little and I, reluctantly, raised me hand to say ‘I do. I believe the greatest feat the devil ever did was convince us all he isn’t real and doesn’t have any power.’ My lecturer rolled her eyes and continued flicking through her slides.
I felt foolish for my beliefs and I had to endure another thirteen weeks of backhanded comments and ridicule.
I am, however, comforted to know that the things of God are foolishness to the world, who sees dimly now. (1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 2:14, John 12:40)
But I am angered when I hear Christians compromising the Scriptures to avoid looking foolish in the eyes of the world.
When we bend the Scriptures to fit popular opinion, God is not pleased with us. It grieves Him. (Job 42:7) It is as though we were looking at His words and asking “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1) We are not speaking from divine insight, we are not exhibiting our intelligence by questioning the Almighty (Job 40:2) We are foolish, rebellious children, wandering away from our Father and embracing the lie! We have not come far from our Eden days.
And what’s more, God warns that twisting His words to conform to our opinions, to avoid looking foolish will only lead to our downfall!
…Some of his [Paul’s] comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters around to mean something quite different from what he meant, just as they do other parts of Scripture – and the result is disaster for them.
2 Peter 3:16
So, this Christmas, I want you to ask yourself: do you have Mary’s childlike faith, or are you trying to fit the Scriptures into a popular worldview? Are you afraid to look foolish in front of your peers or are you confident in God’s perfect words?
Whose opinion are you trying to influence? Whose approval are you willing to lose? God’s or the man’s?
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17