Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DAY SEVENTEEN – Luke 1: 30 – 33 – The Throne of David

And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end."

Although Mary was deeply troubled by the angels greeting – Gabriel counteracts her anxiety with the simple phrase; ‘Do not be afraid.’

A favorite fictional work of mine is the series by Douglas Adams – ‘The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy’. At one point he explains how ‘The Hitch Hikers Guide’ had become ‘the best-selling book in the whole universe’. The success is attributed to the fact that it has ‘DON’T PANIC’ written in big letters on the cover.

I can’t recall ever meeting a single person who didn’t worry about some thing. Worry can actually be a great motivator! There is though, obviously, a difference between allowing panic and fear to rule our lives and using out anxieties and apprehensions in a creative way.

It is not entirely a scholarly reflection to jump from a phrase that mentions ‘the throne of David’ to the story of David and Goliath – but I’m going to make it anyway. I can’t actually remember when I first heard of the little boy David’s confrontation with the Philistine Giant– but it’s a safe bet that Mary knew the story as well.

Little David is not worried by the size of the task ahead of him because of his faith in a God who was bigger than the troublesome situation that was paralyzing everybody else with fear.

In a similar fashion – Mary – who most commentators suggest was just a young girl – is not floored by the idea of God’s intervention in her life – because the fact that she has ‘found favor with God’ - assures her that whatever may come along – God was going to see her through it!

If God was going to do a great thing – then God was great enough to see that she was up to her part of it. Kind of simple really. But then... I have always had a sneaking suspicion that faith was meant to be that way. 

PRAYER

Lord, help me to discover a simple faith,
that trusts in You,
for the big things
and the little things in life. 
Thank You Lord.
AMEN.

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