As we enter the Christmas season, I can’t help but think about Mary, the very vessel God chose to use, in bringing His son into the world. But why Mary? What was it about Mary that God would extend such favor to her?
Luke 1:26-37, “ In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you. But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. “And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
In July 2015, I was praying God’s favor fervently for my family in a financial situation. We were heading to the bank soon to borrow money to build our home in Stockton, and we needed some favor. A few days before heading to the bank we had attended a music festival, while I was sitting at our friends’ merch table during their performance a man and woman approached me, and they told me they felt led to share a word from God. He shared a few things, some of which I still don’t quite understand, but he went on to tell me that God wanted me to know I had His favor over my life. I still have no idea who the couple was, and they were gone as quickly as they had come, but I’m thankful for their obedience to His voice that day. God had confirmed to me I had His favor.
Since the day of the music festival, I’ve learned a little something about God’s favor. Mary was just as human as you and me, she had issues the same as we do, yet God chose her. God also appointed Noah, Moses, David, you, and me. Why David, he was just a kid? Why Moses, who struggled with his speech? Why Cassie, a nobody from nowhere? God chose Mary because of her humble obedience not because she met specific criteria. And the same applies to us, when we give God his deserved obedience in our lives, he gives us an undeserved favor.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.
Proverbs 8:35 For the one who finds me, finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.
If you’re looking for God’s favor in your life, no prayer needed, just surrender your life to Him. Without Christ, there is no possibility of the favor of God, but in our obedience, he will freely pour out His favor. Noah’s obedience saved the lives of his family. Moses obedience saved the Israelites, Mary’s obedience brought the Savior of the world. God’s favor followed every instance of obedience in the Bible. God is waiting to pour out his favor on you. What are you going to do about it? When we live our lives sold out to the King of Kings, “nothing will be impossible for God.”