Luke 1:45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.
Galatians 3:26-28 "for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
You all know the story of the man and women driving in the car, theyíre a bit lost, and have just passed the same corner gas station for the 3rd time. But the woman doesnít say, why donít you stop and ask directionsó instead she says: I believe you will find the way. And the man pulls into the gas station and asks directions, and they indeed find their way. Itís a small thing, the difference is that the woman of faith, not only gets to the destination, but gets there, with her man with her.
Why do we often get lost? Often the reason has to do with who gets the credit. And thatís the problem, for no one wants the credit for getting lost, and when we safely arrive, the credit is never ours alone. For without the roads, the car, the fuel, the tires, and all manner of other things Ė well our innate sense of direction would be of little use.
Today our gospel reminds us of one of Godís special gifts to women, and the blessing that goes along with it, faith. The word of God goes to men and women, but it seems that often when the word of God goes to men, they must first wrestle with it before they can accept, believe and follow. And that is why our text is so special, as it talks about the faith of women, and how when the word of God comes to them, often, they simply accept and believe.
But the word of God which comes to us is not simply how wonderful it is that women believe, for the words is not just to women, but is to all people, for there is a blessing that is received along with the faith which believes and trust in the Word of God. In the beatitudes the standard form is Blessed are the people who do this for they shall receive this specific blessing. Now all the blessings are gifts from God, and specific blessings are nice, but they are not always what we need, and that is what is wonderful about this general blessing for all who believe, for it is like the promise of daily bread, it is not just about bread, but it is about all the things we need to sustain this body and life.
Elizabeth believed, and not only was she given a child, the prophet to prepare the way for the coming of the savior, but she received the additional blessing that the mother of the savior should come to visit her. God was at work, and mighty things were happening, and people of faith believe, and so get our of Godís way so that his work might happen. Once they are out of the way, they may ask if there is anything they can do to assist. And to assist we must first learn from God where he is going, so the people of faith have learned to believe first, and then to listen, and then to follow Godís call. Think about it for a minute, imagine that you are riding in a car with God, would you turn to God and tell Him to stop at the gas station to ask for directions? I hope not, for that would not be listening, nor would it be faith.
You see, you may know well about your old nature, and all about your sins Ė but that does not mean you know it all. The one thing we need to listen to and learn, is when God tells us about the new creation that is in us, that which began at baptism. The new creation includes that faith which believes the Word of God, and trusts in the promises of God. And it is this new creation that God would teach us about, so that we might know who he created us to be; and what it means to be sons and daughters of God.
You see, while God told the whole world about the coming of His Son to be our Savior, it was only the sons and daughters by grace through faith who were prepared to receive him when he comes. So it is the faith which believes, which is the last thing to help us be ready for the long awaited promise of the coming of the savior to be fulfilled. So may we always share our faith.