Luke 1:26-44: In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
- Mary had to trust the Angel.
- Joseph had to trust the Angel.
- Joseph had to trust Mary.
- Mary had to trust herself.
- Their friends and family had to trust them both.
- Mary had to trust Elizabeth.
- Elizabeth had to trust the impression from the Holy Spirit.
- Zacharias and Elizabeth had to trust the angel of the Lord and *the timing of God.
- Mary and Joseph had *to trust God and His timing. (the census which led them to Bethlehem the city of David / the flight to Egypt which led to Nazareth)
*An inconvenient interruption could be the intersection for increase… trust!
*Sometimes everything goes wrong for the right reasons… trust!
*When things feel like they are falling apart, they could be falling into place… trust!
Areas Where We Need to Trust:
- Trust God is who He says He is.
- Trust God loves you for who you are.
- Trust God for Salvation through Jesus.
- Trust God with your future that may be uncertain, difficult, or unknown.
- Trust God that He is a God who is with you.
- Trust God when you’re faced with an inconvenience.
- Trust God when things don’t make sense.
- Trust God when others don’t understand.
- Trust God when He shows up unexpectedly and surprises you.
What do you need to trust God with today?