"And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."
"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God."
Luke 1:28, 30 KJV
What does it mean to you to find favor with God?
Mary was probably ridiculed in unbelief by friends and family. She could have been under the threat of public stoning. She found favor with God.
Mary was to give birth to a child that was born to die. She found favor with God.
Mary was to give birth in a smelly barn with animals, and not only sheep, goats, and cattle, but probably rodents and flies also. She found favor with God.
Mary would have to flee her homeland to a foriegn country to escape that murder of her young son. She found favor with God.
Mary would watch as her first born sone was hated, beaten, spit on, ridiculed, and brutally crucified, murdered. She found favor with God.
Not her parents, fiance, or neighbors.
What does it mean to you to find favor with God? Favor means that God has laid His hand on our life. Make the favor of God your total focus and everything else will fall into place. If you have found favor with God, does that mean everything will go well in your life? Do we look at our circumstances with eternity in mind? Do we look more to our comfort than to our sanctification? Do we look to make things comfortable for us or do we look at hard situations as a way to bring glory to God? Do we thank God for putting His favor on our lives or do we ask Him to take it away?
"And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed."
Mary glorified God and humbly accepted His will for her life as a servant. Do we accept the hardships that God allows into our lives as tools that will refine us and remove the junk of this world from us as we are formed into the image of Christ?
Will future generations call you blessed? Will they remember the spiritual legacy you are leaving?