“And the angel came in unto her and said, ‘Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.’” (Luke 1:28)
We all want to be favored, but what we don’t realize is that favor is a bold “Kick me” sign to the enemy.
When you are favored, you will be targeted by the devil; trouble will seek you out, and hardship will be attracted to you.
Don’t want to believe me? Take Mary, the mother of Jesus, for example.
In Luke 1:30, the angel Gabriel visited her and told her she had found favor with God, because she had been chosen to give birth to the Messiah. Being favored is certainly a positive thing and being hand-picked to bring the long-awaited Savior into the world seems like a great honor. That is, until you remember that things went haywire in Mary’s life as a result of this supernatural favor and blessing.
Her husband-to-be considered putting her away to avoid public shame. She was an out-of-wedlock mom and there was a great stigma attached to that.
And then, even after Joseph decided to keep her, when the time arrived for the baby to be born, there was no comfortable room available for Mary to give birth in. So, she had to labor in a stable, and place her newborn child in a trough, likely in the midst of a crowd of animals and the unpleasant smell that came with them (Luke 2:6-7).
This favor thing isn’t sounding so great.
And even after going through all that, Joseph and Mary became a wanted couple. Satan used King Herod who was displeased when he received news that their child was to be a king (Matthew 2:1-3). He felt so threatened and intimidated that the irate king took matters into his own hand. He committed infanticide by murdering all the innocent young boys in and around Bethlehem to protect his throne.
So they were on the run and had to move all the way to Egypt to avoid the King, and await the death of him and his men before they could return safely home (Matthew 2:13-21).
Mary was favored, but she went through it!
And so will you.
When hard times come bursting through your door, don’t panic; don’t think you’ve lost the favor of God. There’s no way to lose God’s favor when you’re living according to His will, because it lasts a lifetime. During the hardest seasons, remind yourself that weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning (Psalm 30:5).
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SOURCE: Empowering Everyday Women