30 But the angel said to her,“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s
descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

 Luke 1:30-33 NIV
Yesterday, we explored the possibility that Mary was troubled by Gabriel’s sayings, because she knew God was about to ask her to do something great. The Gabriel must have noticed her troubled look, or God had told Gabriel that Mary would be troubled. Immediately, he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary.” Next, he encouraged her again and reminded her how important she was in God’s eyes. Really, we can face anything when we know God values us.

 As we follow Gabriel’s message, we see that after this statement of encouragement, Mary received her assignment. What was that assignment? She would birth the King who would “reign over Jacob’s descendant’s forever.” Of course, we know the angel was talking about Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, God with us, etc. No wonder Gabriel told her, “Do not be afraid.”

God knows His assignments for us are difficult and often scary. That is why He encourages us so often in His word. Try going to www.biblegateway.com or www.blueletterbible.org and do a search for the phrase “fear not.” It is clear God does not want us to be afraid. He wants us to pursue the call He has placed on our lives, and He will be with us every step of the way.

 If you miss yesterday’s reading, please check it out. December 1

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 1:34-38