While sitting at church this morning, part of the scripture jumped out at me and really held on. The angel told Mary — “Fear not… for you have found favor with God.”
I know the angel was talking to Mary, but the scripture tells us that if we are in Christ, we too have found favor with God. Not because of our good deeds, but rather because of His grace.
And as I pondered this, another verse popped in my mind: “… He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
When paired with the Christmas story, what I wrote in my journal was this: What God has birthed in you (and in me)… He will bring to fruition.
It doesn’t matter what your situation — God is not limited by the walls around you. He cannot be hidden by the dark night of depression, the dark night of doubt or the dark night of loneliness and fear — instead…the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it!
That also means there’s no hiding from Him, either.
Sometimes, because of fear, we can try to hide in a “stable” of our own making. But other times, we feel pushed away from everyone and everything — into a “stable” that we don’t want to be in.
But we worship Jesus, who was born in a stable – an actual stable. He was born amid the itchy hay, the barn animals and yes… most likely the smell of manure. But… the glory of God was not minimized because of the situation he was born into. Rather, God’s nature was revealed even more.
Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man – then laid down his life for us… and picked it up again. And all of this was done because God so loved the world…
NOTHING can separate us from a love like that.
Not feelings of loneliness or depression.
So no matter what “stable” you find yourself in right now…
What God has started in you… He will finish.
HE created you.
He loves you.
He has a plan for your life.
He knows all about your situation…
and He has not left you.
And because of Jesus’ sacrifice, His grace, His covering…
you have found favor with God.