Luke 1:45 (NIVUK)
45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!’
We’ve thought already this week about how Mary and Elizabeth know God’s favour not because they have earnt it, or because of any particular success or status, but simply because of God’s loving grace. Elizabeth recognises that there is another dynamic at play alongside this, that of faith. Mary heard the angel’s announcement of God’s favour on her, and through faith believed it. This is more than simply accepting it intellectually, it is practically living in response to it, living as if it is the case.
Spirit, help me develop Mary’s belief and courage, so that I too may live out my faith as she did.