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 Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)





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11.30.2021 - Favor
The LORD looked with favor on Abel. Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD as did Lot, Moses, the Israelites, Joseph, Ruth, Samuel, Daniel, Elizabeth, Mary, Jesus, the humble, the oppressed, those with integrity, and those that seek good. The lips of the righteous find it, good judgement wins it, it is bestowed on those whose walk is blameless, he who finds a good wife receives it, and whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain it.

In researching the word favor in the Bible I found it interesting how many times people used the phrase "If I have found favor in your eyes" when making their petitions to those in authority. Equally intriguing is that these occurrences only took place in the Old Testament. I believe that this is due to the absence of Jesus. Jesus is our favor. With Him, we are favored and have favor in the eyes of God. If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we no longer have to wonder if we have found favor because Favor found us!

Is it possible that this is the same favor that God gave Noah? Moses? Daniel? Even Jesus? YES! In Luke 1:28, The angel Gabriel said to Mary "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary didn't understand the plan at first and was afraid (just as we are). She was relying on her own senses and unable to comprehend what God was about to do.

Isn't it the same with us? We cannot see the bigger picture so we are afraid. This is where we must rely on our faith. In verse 30, the angel said to her "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God." I believe it is the same with us. God has a plan for us beyond our comprehension. We may not understand it. We may even be afraid of it, but because of Jesus we have found favor with God. All we have to do is trust Him and when we do, get ready for a miracle!

Friends, be encouraged today that through Jesus we have been given the favor of God that so many before us have struggled so desperately to earn. We no longer have to ask the question "Have I found favor in your eyes?" because the answer is "Yes". Jesus paid the price for this favor with His very life. Mary was given favor because the Lord was with her and we have been given favor because the Lord is with us!

The Bible tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He performed miracles in the life of Mary, He can perform miracles in our lives as well. To be sure, if we have Jesus, we have His favor!