If you are looking to live a life that is favored by God, you are in for quite a ride. Consider the life of Mary, for example, who was described as “highly favored” by God.

While she had the immense blessing of giving birth to Christ, this brought many unanticipated trials to her life. She was looked down upon by many as a sinful woman and had to witness the murder of her own son.

This seems to be the pattern for many heroes of the faith throughout the Bible. In fact, if you are facing persecution for your faith, that may just be a sign that you have the favor of the Lord.