Thursday, February 15, 2018
Grappling with Questions
Day 2—Read Luke 2
Growing up, my children have always asked good questions. “How can God be three guys and one at the same time?” “How do we know that God leads us?” “Why did God make the world so messed up?” These questions don’t spring from unbelief, just incomplete understanding. They truly believe in God, but they still grapple with some of these giant concepts of God’s immensity, glory and sovereignty. And isn’t this where we all find ourselves?
Mary certainly fit this description. Her song in Luke 1 shows her deep trust in God and belief that her son was destined to bring salvation. But no human being could have fully understood, not even the mother of the Messiah. During Jesus’ earthly ministry we even see Mary come with His brothers to get Him, believing that He is out of His mind! So it’s important that in Luke 2 we get a glimpse at the beautiful heart of Mary.
The shepherds came and visited Mary and Joseph at the manger, and told of their encounter with the angel. In Luke 2:19 we read this phrase: “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Later in the chapter, they return to the temple, where Jesus has been questioning…and answering…His elders. He tells His earthly parents that He must be in His Father’s house, but then obeys and returns with them. Again we hear that Mary “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
Mary didn’t quite get this little child of hers who was the Son of the Almighty God, both submissive to His parents and the Sovereign over all things. But she did believe. And so she pondered these things, she treasured them, rolling them around in her mind and heart. In the next weeks, as we read about our Savior in the gospels, let us do the same. We won’t ever fully understand, but as we seek Him with all of our hearts we will grow in our love, trust, and wonder at the Word made flesh.