Favor from the Highest Heaven
Suddenly there was a multitude of heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!
The angels recognized God in the highest place possible – the highest heaven. How awesome and glorious that He would grant peace and favor the lowly men of earth! They announced this to the shepherds in the field the night of Jesus’s birth. God had granted tremendous peace and great favor to these poor, lowly shepherds, informing them of the birth of His Son. They would be among the first to see Him and to worship Him. His birth was a symbol of hope to those of humble position that they might have a right standing and a high calling with the God of the highest heaven.
Gabriel told Mary she was highly favored by God when he announced her calling as the mother of His Son. I can’t imagine her submitting to such a calling and walking forth in it without the peace of God. When He calls us to a place or position, He grants us the peace we need to walk in it. Many of you can attest to this as widows. While it may feel at times like you are being punished in some way, know that if God has given you peace in your situation, you have His favor.
This is not a peaceful world in which we live. All we have to do to encounter conflict is wake up and turn on the television! Crime, bickering, war, and danger are all around us. Not everyone has peace, but God grants it to those He favors. This peace always begins with worshipping His Son – Jesus. Don’t forget Him as you celebrate with your loved ones. He is God’s peace to us, granted as an act of favor. He is God’s gift to us. Worship Him, and thank God for giving us His very best!
Have a blessed day!