Advent Day 25: The Gift of Favor

December 21

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
Luke 2:14 (NIV)

A great company of heavenly hosts sang these praise-filled words to the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks. The angels were making the first announcement of Christ’s birth; God chose common shepherds with which to announce the birth of the Shepherd. It’s proof positive that the Good News is meant for every person on earth.

The angels also proclaimed the peace that comes only from God. It’s a soul-deep peace that flows as a result of God’s favor, and the birth of the Messiah is the greatest assurance that we are recipients of that favor. Jesus himself acts as the connection between his children on earth and his Father in heaven. Through the Messiah, we can be sure we have peace and favor from God.

For Today: In what ways has God shown you favor?

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