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The Lord's Favor

August 13, 2019
By Martin Luther

Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

GENESIS 6:8

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The Lord's Favor

These are words that restored Noah's courage and life. Such great wrath of the divine Majesty would have slain him if God had not added the promise to preserve him. Nevertheless, it is likely that his faith was still troubled even though he heard this promise. It is unbelievable how much the contemplation of the wrath of God depresses the heart. Furthermore, here there is a new expression of the Holy Spirit – an expression which the heavenly messenger Gabriel also employs when addressing the Blessed Virgin (Luke 1:30): "You have found favor with God." This expression very clearly rules out any merit and gives praise to faith, by which alone we are justified before God, that is, are acceptable to God and please Him.