We all like favor. “Uh, could you do me a favor?” “Could you do me a little favor?” “I hate to bother you, but could you… ?” God’s favor has another name. It’s called Grace. It’s not based on our goodness or our record. We don’t do anything so great that we deserve it. Rather, it’s based on His magnanimous love for us. What have I learned from this past concert season about His favor? It was a refresher course, through experience, on how God is always faithful, always watching over me, always providing what I need, yes showing me His favor. I mentioned in the previous post four ways to receive the Creator’s favor. Let’s take a closer look at the first two.
Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart; and lean not to our own understanding. God instructs us to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He will direct our paths. I can’t begin to tell you how comforting, and how reassuring it is to be certain, in times of trouble, that I AM going to be alright. I don’t have to leap over buildings in a single bound or climb Mt. Everest. I don’t have to try to figure out every angle and have 5 contingency plans (Plans B, C, D, E and F.) All I have to do is relax, rest on God’s promises, and listen for directions.
Faith (believing that God is who His Word says He is and that He will do what He says He will do) comes by repeatedly hearing, meditating, and understanding the Word of God. I really need to understand it in order to use it. I remember taking some difficult Math courses in high school. Sure, I understood parts of Calculus, but not enough to apply it easily. I struggled to get a decent grade. Now, forty plus years later, all I remember about Calculus is how to spell the word! I don’t want that degree of understanding about God’s Word. That would be tragic. I wouldn’t know what to trust as truth; what to believe or stand on. No, I want to know and understand God’s Word so well that my adversary, my arch-enemy, Satan, can’t snatch it from my memory and heart. I really need it to help me navigate the journey.
I choose to trust God’s Word that He’s going to keep me despite life’s circumstances. Trusting God helps me to pray better prayers.
When I focus on a passage of scripture, I think about it often during my day. I talk to God about it, asking the Holy Spirit to help me to really understand what God is saying. He honors my request. As my understanding grows about the subject, it affects my view of the world and my life. It affects my prayers.
When I trust God’s Word, my prayers are less fueled by fear and worry. They come more from a place of calmness and assurance. The Holy Spirit reminds me of what the Bible says and I feel God’s peace calm the storm before it rages in my heart. Trusting God brings favor into my life because when I trust Him, He gives me wisdom, so I don’t make so many mistakes. I have less regrets about the decisions I make. Yes, trusting Him brings peace into my life and I call that favor.
Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father. I Kings 6:12
In the book of 1 King, God promises Solomon favor if he will walk in God’s ways, keeping His statutes and commandments. Solomon, in turn, instructs his own son in the book of Proverbs of God’s truth and tells him that obedience is paramount if you want to have wisdom. God says that he will lengthen our days and perform His Word in our lives when we are obedient. Everyday, there is a Word that I want God to perform in my life. It may be a Word of forgiveness, a Word of healing, a Word of restoration, a Word of power, or a Word of love. Whatever He has spoken concerning me, I want Him to perform in my life.
I know it’s hard to not lean to your own understanding. Yet, I’m learning that obedience opens the door to blessings. When God tells me to do something and I obey, He often reveals something else important I needed to do, that I would not have seen, had I not been obedient. And the result is that something good happens. Favor!
Please come back next time so I may share with you what I’m learning about obedience and asking. Until then, may God’s favor rest in your life as you trust and obey Him with all your heart, mind, and soul. Enjoy the journey!
Questions to consider: Is there anything keeping you from trusting Him and obeying Him?
If there is, how long with you allow an incident, something, or someone to be a barrier to your relationship with God?
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For God expressed His great love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. 17 Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction. God sent Christ that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. [See John 3:16-17 Amplified & Voice versions]