And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’
Have you ever had someone in your life whom you ‘highly favored’? Do you remember how you felt about that person? You would do anything for them, right? Maybe even showered them with blessings of all kinds. Yet most of us don’t give much thought to the depth of love God has for us--that we are each ‘highly favored’ by Him. In a way, we act as if our love for each other is more real than God's love for us. But if we truly understood His love for us, trusting Him would be inevitable.
God gives us a comparison of His love for us--by the love a man has for that special woman. A man head over heels in love. I believe He uses this comparison, because, just like with the Seed... it is the best way in which we can understand it. We’ve all seen in movie pictures, the woman seems to be so infatuated by the flashy handsome guy, who doesn’t always have her best interest in mind at all, but she is none the less, held spell bound by him. And then, we have the other guy (our Lord)... Head over heels in love with us. He favors us above all others. He knows everything about us, he knows when we are hurting. He knows what will really make us happy. He waits, He watches and keeps us safe, He protects us (the best He can considering our rebellion)--He watches for opportunities He can bless us and show His love for us. (II Chronicles 16:9 & Romans 5:8) The girl of course thinks He’s a great guy--but not the one in her dreams. She wants someone more dashing and debonair. Someone who can give her the world. As the story unfolds, she begins to realize the world isn’t what she wanted after all. She begins to see features in this other guy who has always been there for her--and of course she has made a mess of her own life and has not treated Him the best, but she is finally noticing things about Him. His love, His kindness, and how He has always been there for her.
That message type has flooded the movie screens sense movies began. It’s the image God uses to teach us of His great, unfailing love for us. We should rejoice, because the Creator of all things has highly favored us. He has blessed us above all other creatures He has created.
Father, forgive us for the many times we allow the world to get in the way of seeing your unconditional love for us. With all my heart I do surrender and commit myself to you. May I always allow you to guide my steps and lead me to victory... the victory you have given me in Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen