Pondering the Perplexities

Published: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The angel Gabriel had visited Zacharias at the altar of incense in the temple at Jerusalem.  No one else was around.  Zacharias, an old man, doubted the angel’s message from God.  He shouldn’t have for his elderly wife became pregnant and then in her sixth month, Gabriel visited Mary in Nazareth of Galilee.

From the Scripture we can ascertain that Mary was alone at the time.  Notice how she dealt with the appearance of the angel.

(NASB) Luke 1:28-30 “And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you.’
29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
30 The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.”

Two very different responses to the angel Gabriel’s message from God, Zacharias was filled with doubt and Mary was perplexed and pondered what was said to her.

When you are in the middle of life’s circumstances which are perplexing, how do you respond?  You have definite choices about how to think about your difficult situation and even of the difficult people in your life.

Your thoughts, your words, your actions reveal how you choose to respond in your situation.

As you ponder the perplexities of your life:
Do not fret, do not be envious.  Trust in the LORD and do good.  As you live, cultivate faithfulnessDelight yourself in the LORD.  Commit your way to the LORD.  Trust also in Him.  Rest in the LORD.  Wait patiently for Him.  Do not fret for it leads to evil doing.  (See Psalm 37:1-8) (Underlining added)


As you ponder the perplexities of your life:

God’s word is to be put into practice each day.