For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. ~ Psalm 44:3
Some will tell us that it’s prestigious credentials, outstanding talents, or grand adventures. Others will say that it’s not what you know—but who you know—referring to family connections and friends in high-ranking places. We’ve all experienced people who seem to have all those things. Yet, they’re miserable.
Whether we’re rich, renowned, and successful. Or we’re poor, unknown, and lacking in almost everything we do. We still need Jesus. Ecclesiastes 9:11 tells us, I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Even if we’re not the smartest, richest, healthiest, best looking, or well-connected person in this world, we can have God’s favor.
God’s favor is that unmerited, unearned, undeserved grace which is given freely to those who know Jesus Christ. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). God doesn’t play favorites based on our appearance, bank accounts, employment status, or worldly acquisitions. As Christians, we already have God’s favor (Ephesians 2:8).
Here are some of the ways by which we can embrace this favor:
- persistently pursuing good (Proverbs 11:27; 12:2),
- keeping the commandments of the Lord (Proverbs 3:1-4),
- living righteously (Proverbs 14:9),
- praying unto the God (Job 33:26), and
- receiving God’s wisdom (Proverbs 8:35).
Here are some benefits of having the favor of God.
- Our petitions are more likely to be granted (Esther 7:3).
- God encompasses us with a shield (Psalm 5:12).
- Our enemies shall not triumph over us (Psalm 41:11).
- God shows us mercy (Psalm 119:58).
- In our dark days, God is with us (Esther 2:15; Daniel 1:9; Genesis 6:8).
- We shall have overwhelming victories (Romans 8:37).
- God works every sin, every misstep, every blessing, every battle for good in our lives (Romans 8:28).
- No weapons formed against us shall prosper (Ephesians 6),
- We have access to God’s presence and promises (Hebrews 4:16)
- We have the strength to live for God (2 Timothy 2:1). And most of all. . .
- We have Eternal Life! (Ephesians 2:8-9)
So, don’t mull over disqualifications, discouragements, or disappointments because when you know Jesus Christ—you know the One who—keeps you in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) and provides for you (Luke 12:22-24; Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:33; Malachi 3:10). Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). Remember it’s through Jesus that we have access to God’s favor!
God bless. . . I am Wiley’s granddaughter.