“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins’.” Matthew 1:18-21 (ESV)


Mary had received news from an angel that she would be with child by the Holy Spirit. What seemed humanly impossible was going to be possible. As Mary was willing and obedient, Joseph tried to tiptoe out of the situation. He needed to be saved from the disgrace. Mary was not the person he thought. Yet, an angel also came to Joseph and confirmed this miracle. Mary was walking straight into a very difficult season where people would talk behind her back, potential loss of family and friends all while being obedient. This season was God-ordained, and it would culminate in her delivering her first baby in a stable, a place unfit for a new mom.

How could God allow Mary to go through a challenging season? The whole story of Mary conceiving a child is largely understated in the Bible. It doesn’t talk about the nine months where her growing belly was growing a promise given by God. It doesn’t talk about the struggle, the challenges, or the feelings associated with her obedience. Sometimes our obedience can also lead us through seasons that are difficult and challenging. God never promises it will be easy, but He does promise His presence. Instead of standing around shouting at the devil, some seasons warrant us to pause and understand that God doesn’t always lead us the easy way. If it is hard, it doesn’t mean God isn’t there. Mary had the son of God growing in her womb and would soon hold the fulfillment of God’s promise. God was so close to her, and He is close to you too.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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