Favored Daughter (Luke 1:30)

Scripture: Luke 1:30

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!”

Observation:

The angel Gabriel was telling Mary that she need not worry, God was about to bless her!

Application:

This verse really stuck out to me because I also feel as if I found favor with God.  I will always remember when I was around 10 years old, I loved the boys band: New Kids on the Block (NKOTB)!! I wasn’t allowed to have posters or t-shirts of any group, but I did have their tapes and I faithfully listened to them daily.  One day I was at my mother’s job during the summer break and the local radio station announced that caller 100 would have two tickets to go see NKOTB in concert!!  I picked up the phone and called, busy! I hung up and called again… busy!! About the third or fourth time I called, the phone rang!! Woo hoo!!  After what seemed like forever, the person on the other end picked up, said “Caller 99” and hung up.  It took me a second or two to realize what happened – I was one call away from being the winner.  Caller 100 screamed into the radio station speakers as I glumly hung up the phone and leaned back in my chair.  My whole life felt like that moment – I was always SO CLOSE, but never the winner or never the one.  I always knew the popular girls, but was never one myself; I always caught the cute guys eye, but never got asked out; just a never ending SO CLOSE, but not the one.  Until God called on my life.  When I got saved four years ago, I felt like I was a winner! Like I FINALLY was that lucky person that won it all!  God’s grace and His love and His blessings on my life have just been so much more than I could ever imagine having… I mean, knowing that I am the DAUGHTER of THE MOST HIGH KING? It’s like I was a pauper all my life and one day a King knocked on my door and claimed me as His long, lost daughter!  So those words “for you have found favor with God!” really resonates within my soul.  I have found favor with God.

Prayer:

Father God, thank you for loving me even when I didn’t deserve it.  For finding me in the midst of my sin and claiming me with your blood.  Thank you!  For just that one act, that one saving grace, I could praise Your name forever. Thank you for making me your favored daughter, like Mary before me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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