Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Favored by God

Favored by God, by Gregory A. Johnson
by Gregory A. Johnson

Are you facing something impossible in your life right now? If you read that question and can’t think of anything impossible that you are facing at this present time, please still keep reading. You will face something down the road on your journey that will be an impossible situation for you to handle without help.

For most, as they read that question, something immediately comes to mind as it is always on their mind. They go to bed thinking about it, and they get up thinking about it, and it consumes their thoughts throughout the day. Not knowing what to do or where to turn next, they reason, they plan, and oftentimes they make the wrong choices and execute the wrong plan which only causes more pain and heartache. Impossible situations can overwhelm, discourage, and depress while ostracizing us from those we love and those who love us.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, found out that for God nothing is impossible. God’s Word says, “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God’” (Luke 1:26-30 ESV).

Mary “found favor with God.” The Lord was with her and brought her comfort in the face of fear and uncertainty.

Please know that each of us is also favored by God. You see, God does not favor one individual over another. It is bad theology to think that He does. We are so favored by God that He sent Jesus into our world to die for our sins. All of us (read John 3:16). That’s how much God favors us. God desires to spend eternity with us so He made a way for that to happen through Jesus Christ. Christ came into our world and died for us so that we can have life with Him! The Lord will be with us and bring us comfort in the face of fear and uncertainty as we place our trust in Him and His Word.

Excerpted from the book, The Characters of Christmas: God at Work in Our Lives by Gregory A. Johnson. Copyright © by Gregory A. Johnson. All rights reserved. 

Know that you are loved,