Mary received unimaginable news. What? A pregnant virgin? She asked the only logical question: “How?” The angel explained the Holy Spirit would make it come to pass through the verse above. Proof, perhaps.

We don’t know why Mary left that holy interview to visit Elizabeth. Perhaps they were close. Perhaps she needed to get away to process what the angel said. But if her heart was anything like mine, she needed to see the sign — confirm the “proof” the angel had given her even though she believed and submitted to God’s will, trusting His power.

Perhaps it happened so fast that she needed to reaffirm what her heart and body were telling her God had promised. If that’s what she needed, God certainly provided it during her visit with Elizabeth. When Elizabeth saw her, the baby — the “proof” — leaped. Elizabeth told Mary, “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).

As we know, God fulfilled His promises concerning both women. And He’ll fulfill His promises concerning you, too. Not just the promises found in the Bible to all who believe, but the ones to you personally. Ones He’s whispered to your heart. It’s okay — healthy — to ask God for confirmation.

We can stand with complete confidence in the promises God gives us. He is more than capable of fulfilling them. Blessed is she (or he) who believes nothing is impossible with God.

God,thank you for your loving promises. Please give me confirmation that you know my heart’s needs. Thank you that you always fulfill your promises, even when they seem impossible. I pray that you help me to stand confidently on them, not wavering in doubt. Amen.

Go Deeper — Think about what specific promises God has given you to stand on, both as an individual and as part of the body of Christ.

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