Bible Devotions

Personal God

on December 16, 2008

21165661_99910626Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. Luke 1:36 NKJV

So Mary has just been told she’s going to have a baby. Not just an ordinary baby, but the supernatural conception of the Son of God! That might set your mind reeling.

Imagine being the only one. God had never done anything like this before. Oh sure, He parted the Red Sea, gave victories to Israelites and healed people. But nothing as personal and intimate as this was done before!

As Mary thought about it, I wonder if she was worried about being the only one. The fact God is personal is never more clear than in this exchange. He sends the angel to explain to Mary, there is someone who knows what she’s going through. Isn’t this wonderful? God designed us to need each other. In this case, Mary would need support as many would not believe her story. And so the angel explains her own relative, Elizabeth, the barren one is six months along with her own miracle conception. Oh how this warms my heart!

Lord, you are so caring and deeply personal. You could have let Mary go this alone, but you chose to comfort and support her through Elizabeth. Thank you for caring for us too! In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

© was created by Elizabeth Marks, author of and, to encourage you with God’s Word.


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