Embracing your Year of Favor
Imagine being greeted by the flashing gleam of a glorious light. The angel Gabriel gave Mary the surprise of her life when the celestial wonder paid her a visit. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).
The angel proceeded to inform Mary that she would usher in the Savior of the world for all of humanity. Can you imagine the sheer fear and excitement she must have felt? That following year, as Mary carried her Savior, the one who was deemed highly favored by God brought forth the One who would usher in the foretold year of the Lord’s favor.
Years later, Jesus stood before a crowd in the synagogue and proclaimed the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
This scripture was fulfilled the day Jesus came as a tiny baby from Mary’s womb–Immanuel, God with us.
Now because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we, like Mary, are endowed with God’s grace and favor. The word favor throughout scripture is defined as acceptance, delight, grace, honor and blessings (source). This Christmas season, we can praise our heavenly Father for his amazing favor, and powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
God sent Jesus as a vulnerable infant to release us from the captivity of sin and darkness–and now we can confidently walk in his glorious light, entering our year of grace and incredible favor. As we celebrate Christmas and soon enter a brand new year, we can trust that God’s favor will meet us at the start of each new day.
For many of us, 2017 may have been a difficult year. Some of us have lost loved ones. Many lost their homes in devastating hurricanes and ravaging forest fires. Some of us have lost jobs, or may still be waiting on a prodigal child to come home.
No matter what difficulties we may face in the future, one truth remains certain:
The favor of the Lord is upon us.
Despite the storms that may rage around us, the grace and favor of our mighty God will surround us like a shield. Just as the prophet Isaiah proclaimed hundreds of years before Jesus lay in a manger, this is our year of favor.
Instead of a year of grief and ashes, God has given us a crown of beauty. Instead of a year of bitter mourning, we are anointed with the oil of gladness. Instead of a spirit of desperate despair, we are adorned with sparkling garments of praise.Instead of a spirit of desperate despair, we are adorned with sparkling garments of praise. Click To Tweet
Are you ready to live into your year of favor? I know I am. I have created a renewed Garments of Splendor L.I.F.E Planner for 2018, along with prayer journals and Bible study resources to help make 2018 your best year yet. Take a look here, or click on the image below!
As we celebrate this wonderful season of our Savior’s birth, remember that the favor of God is with you today, and enter this new year with grace and freedom!