“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.'” Luke 1:26-31
Because of Jesus, you don’t ever – EVER – have to be afraid of what God has for you.
Because of Who came to Mary’s womb, ever being “greatly troubled” of God’s message has vanished.
The message and mission from God for you, because of Jesus, is always one of joyful greetings and gracious favor.
When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, she was “greatly troubled” at what was about to happen. Perhaps she was afraid the news was going to be bad. Perhaps she was afraid that the Lord would call her to the African bush. Maybe she thought God was going to punish her for her sins. Maybe He didn’t approve of her fiancé. Whatever the reason, she was immediately filled with worry and anxiety as to why an angel of the Lord would appear to her.
Everything changed when she heard the news. God wasn’t out to “get” her. Oh no. God was out to bless her. God pursued her with favor. God had a message for her alright. A message that would be hard and difficult, but also amazing and supernatural.
You know the story. God put a baby in her womb – baby Jesus – who was coming into the world to save His people from their sins.
All who believe in the what and why and Who of God’s plan of redemption can be guaranteed – forever – of personal messages from God that begin with, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Though we deserve wrath due to our sin, we won’t get it because Jesus endured it. If He endured it and if He is with us (which is what Christmas is all about, by the way) – God sees us as favored and blessed.
So what are YOU afraid of?
When it comes to hearing from God, what has YOU “greatly troubled”?
Because of Jesus, you can go to His Word without fear of being condemned.
Because of Jesus, you can seek His will for your life without fear of being abused or punished. What He has for you may be hard and difficult, but I guarantee it will likewise be amazing and supernatural.
Because of Jesus, you can approach your relationship with God – forever – with hope and joyful anticipation and excitement. Why? Because the Lord is with you, you are and forever will be favored.