No Favorites – Just Favored

God is always showing favor, but never favoritism.

Text for Today – Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

I suppose you could say that the time from which our Text for Today was cited, Jesus was God’s favorite.  After all, at that moment, He was God’s “only begotten Son.”  When you’re an only child, it stands to reason that your are the parent’s favorite child.  However, when you’re NOT an only child, things may be different.  Truly loving parents will not have a favorite child, though different children in the same family may obtain more favor than the others.

Now there’s a thought.  And herein lies a fact that for too many believers is so difficult to grasp.  They mistake treatment as an indicator of how much God loves them.  Oh, how wrong they are.  Why did God choose Noah?  Why did God choose Moses?  Why did God choose Gideon?  Why did God choose Mary?  Was it because He loved them more than other of their era?  Absolutely NOT!  He shoes them because they found favor in His sight.  There was something in them that made them more desirable than their peers.  What was that something?  It was faith.

Hebrews 11:6 is such a powerful statement to the fact of what I am writing to you.  “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  It could be stated this way.  “Without faith it is impossible to receive necessary favor from the Lord.”  However, with faith, all things are possible, or the necessary favor of God is present to accomplish anything.

Read Luke 1 closely.  Mary was favored of the Lord.  Her own words and attitude reveal why she was favored.  She had faith.  If God said it, that settled it with Mary.  How about you?  If God says it, does that settle it with you?  If it does, you are favored, too.  I know I am favored with by my Father.  I believe His Word.  I obey His Word.  I act upon His Word.  I have favor with God.  And like Jesus, I am continually growing in that favor.  Please know that this is a place into which one grows.  You don’t suddenly leap into a position of high favor with God.  Psalm 5 tells us that we are surrounded with favor as with a shield.  Ephesians 6 tells us to take the shield of faith “above all.”  Never think because you see someone having great favor with God that such a person is God’s favorite, or that God loves them more than you.  when you see someone having great favor with God, it is a matter of faith.  When you see that, you should seek to follow, or imitate, that example of how that favor was gained.  So, for favor, go to the Word, my friend, go to the Word.

Manna for Today – Psalm 5; Luke 1:30; Hebrews 11:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-18; Romans 10:6-17

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