An angel of the Lord came to Mary and told her she was going to conceive a child by God Almighty and her child was going to be the Son of God.
This was Mary’s reply, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:38).
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible Commentary wrote this about this verse: “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid … – This was an expression of resignation to the will of God, and of faith in the promise. To be the ‘handmaid of the Lord’ is to be submissive and obedient, and is the same as saying, ‘I fully credit all that is said, and am perfectly ready to obey all the commands of the Lord.'”
Are you committed and resigned to the will of God? Do you trust that His ways are good, and acceptable, and perfect? Do you understand that His ways are higher than your ways even when you don’t understand them? Are you submissive and obedient to Him? Are you perfectly ready to obey all of the commands of the Lord? If so, then you are a handmaid for the Lord.
Do you strive to be sober, a lover of your husband and children, good, chaste, discreet, obedient to your husband, and a keeper at home? Do you want to have a meek and quiet spirit and adorn yourself with submission to your husband? Do you want to be a virtuous woman who looks well to the ways of her household? Do you want to be modest and shamefaced, not wishing to cause undue attention to yourself? Do you understand that God’s purpose for women being quiet in the churches doesn’t mean that God thinks less of women but that this is His perfect order for the churches? If you are single, do you strive to be holy in body and spirit? If so, you are a handmaid for the Lord.
There’s a movie called The Handmaid’s Tale. This is a wicked and twisted movie. It’s about those in authority who are cruel and forcing young women to be submissive to their evil will. (No, I have never seen it but I read what it was about.) This has nothing whatsoever to do with willingly choosing to be a handmaid for the loving Lord, the Creator of the universe, the One who sent His only begotten Son to die for you so you could be free from sin and God’s wrath. The world and Satan love to twist what is good into something that is wicked and ugly.
God’s will is perfect and never evil. We are His children and we follow Him. We know that what He has to offer is far superior to what this world has to offer and we praise and thank Him for it.
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.