But when she saw Him she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Luke 1:29 NKJV
In verse 28 it said of the angel “and having come in.” This means Mary must have been inside her house. Maybe she was doing chores or getting a meal ready. We don’t know for sure. But she must have being doing something in her house, for the angel came in.
Imagine you’re folding socks when all of a sudden there’s an angel standing there. I think I’d be a little troubled too. After all you’re in your house. You didn’t hear anyone come through the door, you just turned around and boom there the angel was.
Here is Mary minding her own business when this angel shows up and says all these wonderful and glorious things to her. It all happened so fast. The conversation kept moving, so Mary didn’t have a whole lot of time to replay the greeting over and over again. But we do know she considered it. That indicates she was turning it over in her mind, even if for only a split second or two.
Mary didn’t automatically buy in or believe the message at this point. She considered what manner of greeting it was. We could learn something from Mary. When we hear news of any sort, we ought to consider the source. Is the source reliable? Have they been truthful in the past? Why is the information being shared with me? Is it to help or hurt? In this way, we only “take in” or believe what is truthful and helpful.
The Bereans did that when Paul preached to them. They didn’t just accept whatever was preached. They took the time and trouble to look it up in the Scriptures to see if it were true. We need to do the same. The same holds true for these devotions I write. Don’t take my word for it, but instead research for yourself to see whether it is true and aligns with what the Bible teaches.
Lord thank you for your word, our source of truth. May we daily consider your word. In Jesus name we pray Amen.