In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Luke 1:42-45 (NIV)
In these verses, we can see another important gift that God has given many women, the gift of gab. Yes, women tend to talk quite more than men. The words we speak can be used for God’s purposes or against God’s purposes. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” My Pastor once explained to me that women build and tear down with our tongues. We can encourage others and build them up or gossip and tear them down. Our sensitivity can help us discern details that we can use to encourage someone or details that we can use against them. We truly do have a powerful weapon in our mouths.
Elizabeth could be trusted with her tongue. Her response was to encourage Mary. She affirmed what Mary already knew. They both believed that God’s promises would be fulfilled. Let us be the kind of people who believe God’s promises are true and encourage others who also believe.
These are two amazing women, but God made us all amazing. We birth His promises into the world. Some us birth His promises through the seed we carry in our wombs. Others birth His promises through other acts of obedience. We, also, speak His promises into the world. These amazing opportunities start by doing just what Mary did. She “believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.”
Tomorrow's reading is Luke 1:46-48