Ever wonder why GOD chose the teenage girl Mary to be the mother of JESUS? GOD’s ways and thoughts are not our thoughts and ways but are higher than the heavens above our thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Yet at times, The MOST HIGH gives clues that are pieces of the puzzle of why HE does what HE chooses to do. Though there are a lot of unknowns- I think there are a few Biblical clues that point to why Mary was given the assignment and honor of being JESUS’s mother.
The first is a basic reason of why GOD choose Mary, “GOD deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And HE chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. GOD chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of GOD” (! Corinthians 1:27-29 NLT).
Mary unquestionably fits the bill: she was poor, young, uneducated, powerless and like most women of that day she was considered nothing.
The next reason I think GOD chose Mary applies to every one of us. GOD never changes (Malachi 3:6), and it is written that one of HIS eternal ways is that HE selects and plans according to HIS foreknowledge- things HE knew before they happen (I Peter 1:2). An example of this is seen in Psalm 139:4- our omnipotent (all-knowing) GOD knows what we are going to say before we say it. HIS absolute knowledge is why HE can accurately tell the future without manipulating us like puppets. What HE looks at is- not so much what we do but- our heart’s attitude. Even though David was far from perfect, he was a man after GOD’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). That is David sought GOD and what GOD desired.
We must remember that “ GOD sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7 NASB). That heart attitude desiring to know and worship GOD is very precious in HIS sight. GOD sent the angel Gabriel to Mary with the words that she was highly favored (Luke 1:28) during her conversation with the angel she declares she is the willing obedient servant of the LORD, which clearly indicates she had a heart that sought after GOD.
What is in our hearts- what we think about and desire- will overflow into actions. That is why we are told, ”Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT).
Now that brings us to the last reason I am going to mention on why I think GOD picked . When the Angel came to Mary and told her she was to have a son, she didn’t argue or refuse or say, “it is my body”- Mary simply asked, “How can this be?” That is- she wanted to know how it would take place. Then- understanding that it didn’t require any wrong action on her part and fully realizing that she could be stoned to death for getting pregnant without being married, Mary submitted herself fully as a living sacrifice to GOD to use her according to HIS great plan. “I am the LORD’s servant.” Mary answered, “May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38 NIV).
“GOD resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Mary humbly submitted herself to GOD. In other words she was willing to trust GOD and do what HE asked her to do.
A heart willing to trust GOD and do what HE wants is precious to GOD. Are you, am I, willing to trust HIM when we don’t understand and obey regardless of the consequences?
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Finisher of my faith,