YOU and I began in the mind of God Almighty.
As we all try and grasp the magnitude of that… how does it encourage you to work FROM His favor rather than FOR it in this coming year?
Remembering that His favor in the Bible rarely was coupled with easy… think of Mary the mother of Jesus – She was highly favored to tell everyone she was the pregnant virgin?! Think of David anointed with God’s favor as the next king and in less than 10 verses he’s entering the palace as a servant?! Think of Moses, God’s favored leader who stood before the Red Sea with the enemy advancing behind?! Think of Joshua and the fear that gripped his heart as he was favored by God to step into the Jordan at flood stage?! Ruth, favored to be in the geneology of Christ as she lay at the feet of Boaz wondering what in the world was going to happen?!
Highly favored doesn’t seem to come wrapped in a neat and beautiful little gift box labeled “easy and completely understandable” with a pink little bow on top!! However strength is not developed in the fox hole it’s revealed there. If you are feeling the burn – the best way to cure lactic acid is to get up and go at it again, and again, and again. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 For with His hand of favor comes incomprehensible peace, peace in the fear and the unknown – praise Him, for He is forever faithful!!
So all in favor of a little more trust and obedience as we live from under His mighty hand of favor say, “I!”
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14
God bless you all muchly with peace, joy, grace and heaps and heaps of Living Hope in the coming year!
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