26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 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. 32 He 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.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Hearing and seeing what God is doing in other people’s lives is immensely powerful. Gabriel uses the story of Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy to encourage Mary with the news of her own. Mary has her questions in response to this huge news (v34), but a powerful reminder of what God was doing in Elizabeth’s life stirs her faith and leads her to that incredible place of surrender and alignment with God’s promise to her (v38).
Hearing other people’s testimonies builds our faith and gives us courage, reminding us that God is living, active and that His word NEVER fails. Even in seemingly impossible situations, testimonies are a strong reminder that nothing is impossible for our God. Maybe you are waiting for God’s word to be fulfilled in your life, or maybe that amazing breakthrough has happened. By sharing what God is doing, we are reminders to each other that God is faithful and God is alive! Talk to your friends and family about what God has done in their lives, and let their stories strengthen and inspire you, spurring you on to seek and believe God’s word over you today.