Highly Favored...

When Mary heard the angel say "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." - You would think it would go to her head and she'd be all pumped up.  However, if you keep reading, Luke 1:29 says "Mary was greatly troubled..."  Probably because she was familiar with God's history, and how He tends to put those who are highly favored by Him under some tough assignment.  If we remember Noah, Ruth, and Job - they were favored by God, too.

According to a recent sermon by Steven Furtick (Elevation Church)  When we have God's favor, it pretty much means that our lives won't be a cakewalk.  How can a mighty God show His strength in us if nothing ever goes wrong in our lives.  We have to have a mountain to climb; a sea to swim; a game to play - as the underdog; in order for Him to be shine.

Can you imagine having to tell your family and friends that you were pregnant, not married, and your child is God's?  Or having to build an ark to save the human race - when it had never rained before.

I love being in God's favor - I think my life has constituted being able to say this.  It is definitely more exciting because I know with being favored that I am promised His presence through every storm; and He will continue to show Himself strong!

Like the little cub in this picture who looks like he just got hurt...  But look at the confidence and comfort of his mother.  That is what our heavenly Father promises to those who are favored by Him.