They hadn’t heard from a prophet of God in over 400 years when Gabriel appeared to Mary, an unmarried young lady. The first voice heard from Heaven, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
What a wonderful word! When we feel alone, when no one knows, God alone is with us. His favor rests upon His children.
So then, knowing He is with us, let us draw strength and courage to do that which He has put before us.
As in Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
A similar phrase from 1 Chronicles 28:20 “Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.”
This same God, the LORD of all Creation is with us.
Rest in that today, my friend.
He is there.
Be strong and courageous.