We Have Favor With God
Imagine that! God loves us so much that He makes us His favorite creation. Wow and hallelujah for such an amazing truth.
Eternal perspectives by Sally Bair
When we think about our favorite things, we usually feel joy and pleasure. Talk about your favorite pastime and you’ll likely smile. In fact, the words joy and pleasure are part of the meaning of the word favor. The spiritual definition is similar. “The free, spontaneous loving-kindness of God toward us” is one commentator’s remarks.
In Luke’s account of the Christmas story, he uses the word favor. An angel said,“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” (Luke 1:30)
How could that be? Why would young Mary believe that the news of her pregnancy would be a sign of God’s favor? Wouldn’t everyone laugh at her, look down on her “sin”? No wonder Mary was puzzled, asking how such a thing could be, since she was a virgin. She didn’t ask for a sign, so her question didn’t reflect unbelief on her part. It showed, by contrast, that she did believe the angel’s statement but didn’t understand it.
The turning point for her came after the angel explained how God’s Spirit would overshadow her and she would give birth to His Son, Jesus. Her response?“Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
I believe her response showed her true colors. First, by her humble response.(“Behold the maidservant of the Lord!”) Second, by her total trust in God’s plan. (“Let it be to me according to your word.”) And third, in her joy. (“Mary… went with haste, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.”Sharing the good news with her cousin brought her great joy.
Some of us may find it hard to believe that almighty God would find favor with us. After all, we’re like tiny pinpoints in the vast universe He has created. But His Word tells us over and over how much He loves us and favors us. So much so, that He sent His only Son to come to earth as a baby such as we once were. Baby Jesus eventually grew to manhood, aware that He would be killed on a cross and be bodily raised from the dead to return to His Father in heaven. His death came, in part, because He went against society’s rules but more importantly because He loved us and favored us. He still does.
Knowing such good news, how can we help but make Him our favor-ite?
Thank You, Lord, for taking free and spontaneous pleasure and love in us. May we, like Mary, humbly trust and take great joy in whatever tasks You want us to do for Jesus’ sake.Amen.