Tag Archive | favor of god

Psalm 37: 25-26 ” I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”

Staying in Psalm 37 today, you can see the progression of these verses.  David, the writer of this Psalm, has followed the Lord all his life, and by experience can vouch that God is his helper and will never leave or forsake those who believe in Him.  In turn, because such mercy and favor has been shown to him, he is then obligated to show the same mercy to others.  In Leviticus 25:35, the Lord was very clear about this, “Helping your countrymen if they become poor so they may remain among you.”   The Hebrew word for “helping” describes supporting, strengthening, encouraging, and repairing those around us that are lacking to maintain a strong community…but also because we have been graciously blessed first.

I Peter 5:10 ” And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

“It is God Who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (Psalm 18:32)  Yes, it’s only by God’s grace, His unearned and unmerited favor, that we are able to make it through trials and suffering.  For this verse shows that it is God, not us, that accomplishes this for Believers…to prepare, repair, and perfect us during and after troubling times for His glory.

Proverbs 13:15 ” Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.”

Another translation states, “but the way of the transgressor will not endure, like barren dry soil.” (Amplified Version)  We will never find favor with God and for that matter, in any work place, when we’re in it only for ourselves.  For when your work ethic is deceptive, and fraudulent…sooner or later you’re gonna get caught!  But when we approach anything we do with cautious wisdom and good common sense…all happiness and success will be ours…for we will not only have God’s favor, but man’s.

Titus 2:11-12 ” For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present Age…”

I Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  But it also tells us in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature –  have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  So whether we want to admit it or not – we know what’s right and wrong.  God’s unearned and unmerited favor is for all.  But when we reject God’s truth, we become estranged from Him, having no excuse except our selfish Will.

II Corinthians 6:1-2 ” As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Someday I’ll get right with God.  At some time in the future I’ll give my heart to Him…but not yet.  I’ve got too much I want to do, and I don’t want the rules and regulations of being a Christian to hinder me.  I’m young and I want to just have fun.  Sound like you?  You’ve been holding God at arms length…knowing what you should do, but wanting to wait till you’re “old” to commit.  But consider this – someday may never come for you – your future may end today,  and this is why now is the time to be serious about your eternal salvation.  When we’re young we have this grandiose  vision of immortality, and the future goes on forever…but in an instant…this can all change.  That’s why the Gospel Message is for you today…the forgiveness of your sins is for now, not someday.  Don’t wait until tomorrow to make that decision you know you need to make today…for you may be running out of tomorrows.

Job 4:5 ” But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.”

Eliphaz was one of Job’s three friends that had come to comfort him after the devastating loss of  his children and all his livestock.  In this Scripture he is telling Job trouble is part of life.   When everything is going along smoothly in our lives…Life is good.  We’re happy, healthy, and prone to take God for granted.  But when trouble hits…when we’re stricken with illness, or touched by loss…we change.  We become frustrated and weary when illness strikes.   We become bewildered and fearful of our lack of control during times of loss.  It’s our attitude that changes…not God.  For God remains the same…whether in good times or in bad.  He’s right there beside you…offering comfort and hope no matter what you’re going through today.

Romans 8: 38-39 ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Earlier in this chapter Paul asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35)  His answer here is –  no one or thing can possibly come between us and Jesus.  No rule or force of man…no point in time…no act of good or evil can ever cut the tie we have with our Lord.  The bottom line is,  there is nothing in creation that can keep us apart from God…for the entirety of creation is under His authority.

Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

You have found favor in the eyes of God.  He will be your everlasting light, (Isaiah 60:19) and your shield, your very great reward. (Genesis 15:1)   Walk before Him with all integrity, sincerity, and honesty and He will not hold back any good gift from you.

Job 5:17 “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”

I can still remember one of my Nursing Supervisors in college.  She would stand outside the patient’s room with you asking a million questions about the procedure you were about to carry out.  Did you have everything you needed and  were you well versed in what you were about to do.  But right before you both walked into the room she’d say, “I will only stop you if you are potentially going to hurt the patient.”  It was always said in a quiet, soft voice, but boy did it pack a wallop!  Luckily, she never said a word during any of my procedures, and I gained a wealth of  knowledge from that uncompromising woman.  The Lord is the same way, His discipline is to educate us, not hurt us.  It’s only when we reject and turn away from His correction that we suffer.

Luke 11: 11-13 ” Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? “

We think we know what we want…but in our short-sightedness are we really asking for a stone from the Lord…when He wants to give us a loaf of bread?  We naively think we know what’s best for us…when we really don’t have a clue.  We have a good, good Father that wants to give us only the very best…so ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your petitions before the Lord…and pray God’s Will into your life, not yours.