The Highly Favored

December 16, 2010

Gabriel to Mary, “Greetings, you who are highly favored!”

“Mary was greatly troubled”; so troubled that Gabriel had to tell her again how favored she was (Luke 1:28-30).

As we know, Mary does not remain troubled.  She carries out God’s purposes for her life — become miraculously pregnant, raise a son, and ultimately, watch as the whole of mankind’s sins were thrust upon him on a crucifix.

What if she would have stayed in that troubled state?  What if she let the circumstances of the next nine months (let alone the next thirty-three years) of her life keep her afraid and nervous?

God sends us the same message as he sent Mary that day.  One example . . .

“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1:4).”

Can you relate with Mary?  Are there times when the circumstances of life have you “greatly troubled” making it difficult for you to pursue God’s purposes in your life?

Christ follower, you too are highly favored by God.  He calls you holy.  He calls you pure.  He calls you friend.  May God give you grace to remember his promises when troubled times come.