Trust & Faith
To whom could Mary explain what had taken place in her? Who would believe her when she said that the child she was carrying in her womb was the work of the Holy Spirit? This was something that had never taken place and would never take place again.
Humility, we often think, is just the act of denying attention, accepting humiliation, essentially a deprivation of self. While this is true, Mary, echoing the prayer of Hannah, shines forth her humility in placing all the focus on God and identifies herself only with regard to God.
Submission, requires humility and trust. Submission trusts unquestionably and is ready to accept whatever it may entail.
Purity of Heart
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8
Trust & Faith
Mary was well aware of what the law said, if the signs of virginity were not found in a young woman at marriage, she would be brought to the door of her father’s house and stoned to death by the men of her city. Mary faced a huge risk. She knew she would face ridicule, solitude and humiliation.
Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
~ John 20:29
Mary was the first to have believed without having seen.
Mary believed on the spot. She never hesitated. On the contrary, she committed herself at once. She believed that she would conceive a son by the Holy Spirit. She didn’t say to herself: Let’s see if this strange promise comes true. If she hadn’t trusted, the Word would not have become flesh in her and Elizabeth would not have greeted her as the mother of the Lord.
Eve believed the serpent and brought death into the world but Mary believed in the angel and brought life into the world
That which Eve had bound through her unbelief, Mary loosened through her faith.
– St. Irenaeus
How could Mary trust without having seen?
A little boy was caught alone in a burning building. By the time he was traced, it was too late for anyone to venture in. The fire service had been called in. The chief officer told the boy to just close his eyes and jump down from his balcony on the 5th floor. The boy instantly did so and was caught by the outstretched arms of the officer. Reporters crowded around the boy and asked him, “Were you not afraid when you took the leap?” The boy pointed to the officer and said, “Why should I be afraid? He’s my father. I trust his word. I knew I would be safe in his hands.”
- Psalms 9:10—Those who know your name put their trust in you for you O Lord have never forsaken those who seek you.
- Psalms 22:5 – To You our ancestors cried and they were saved. In You they trusted and were not put to shame.
- Psalms 37:5 – Trust in the Lord and He will act.
- Psalms 56:11—In God I trust. What can a mere mortal do to me?
- Isaiah 26:3 – Those who trust in the Lord are peaceful.
- Our trust in God is dependent on how trustworthy God has been.
- Those who trust God, trust because they “know my Name” (Psalms 9:10).
Knowing God’s name means that we already have a relationship with Him, when we are already walking closely with God and so we know where God is at work. If our praise is the fruit of lips who know His name, then trust is essential for us to be able to praise Him genuinely.
- Scripture is replete with promises of hope for those who trust in the Lord.
- Mary who was well versed in scripture knew all these promises of the Lord. The Lord had never failed to deliver on His promises. As such, her trust in the Lord grew, knowing fully well that if this was what the Lord willed then He would certainly bring it to fulfilment, no matter how impossible it seemed.
Mary treasured the Word of God and pondered it in her heart
- Trust allows a praising heart to rest assured that God will act. Trust is an act of faith in a particular situation, that even though things remain as they are, the end is clear and God will do what He knows must be done.
- Praise then becomes a declaration of what is not yet visible but remains alive in faith.
- Mary’s clinging to God in times of trial and in moments of not knowing what the outcome would be, exhibited a depth of faith in God that allowed Him to do even greater things through her than would have otherwise been possible. We are challenged to praise God in times of trial and despair – this requires a deep trust and faith; which will allow God to take charge.