God’s Favor

For by him were all things created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross.

You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him, if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant. – Colossians 1:16-23 (WEB)

And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. -Luke 2:46 (RSV)

Every year at summer camp during my childhood, I looked forward to the closing night’s devotional. All I really remember now, except the candlelight, is Luke 2:46, the theme verse of the camp. I’m not sure why that verse has stuck with me over the years. Perhaps, it was because this verse describes the kind of person that I most want to be—physically strong, wise, and in favor with God.

I’m not as strong as I once was. I have acquired some wisdom over the years, but certainly not as much as I would like. As for being in favor with God—the thing I want most—I don’t understand how I could be, but, I know I am.

How much more favor could I ask for than to be presented holy and blameless in his sight? God has reconciled us through Christ’s death to present us holy in his sight, without blemish or accusation. Just think of that! Holy, without blemish, without accusation. I don’t deserve God’s favor, but I have it. And, if you are in Christ, you have it, too!

Thank you, God, for the favor you have poured out upon me through my Lord Jesus Christ, in whose precious name I pray. Amen.

Thought for the Day
I am forgiven.

Prayer Focus
Someone who does not have God’s favor.

Copyright © 2006, Star M. Ferdinand. All Rights Reserved.

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