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. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.”
After the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would be with child, she hurried to see her cousin, Elizabeth. Gabriel had told Mary that Elizabeth was going to have a baby in her old age. Mary went to see Elizabeth for confirmation. Gabriel said that Elizabeth was six months along, so the pregnancy would be evident.
Mary needed to see with her own eyes that the person who had been unable to conceive and was well past childbearing years was with child. If God could perform a miracle with Elizabeth, a virgin birth was not out of the question. When Mary arrived she saw the proof, and Elizabeth’s baby “leaped in her womb.” Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth proclaimed that Mary was blessed and would be the mother of the Lord.
Many times when God calls us to do great things, He gives us proof that He is at work. In the Old Testament, He proved Himself to Moses, Joshua, and Gideon. In the New Testament, He proved Himself to the disciples and Paul on the road to Damascus. God seldom calls us to step out with blind faith. He graciously demonstrates that He is at work and His word is true. He did it for Mary; He’ll do it for you.
Father, thank You for providing the truth I need to follow hard after You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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