Psalm 5:12 (NIV) Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield
I have been thinking a lot about how the favor of God is evident in my life. I notice it so often in my marriage, in my relationship with my children, and at work. And I wanted to drop by on the blog today to let my readers know that they have the favor of God too! Dictionary.com defines favor in several ways, but there are two definitions that I want to highlight. 1. “Something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act.” 2. “Excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment.” Biblestudytools.com defines favor as “gaining approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings.” This website also states that, “The favor that human beings receive from God depends on his good pleasure and is often extended in response to prayer or righteous living.” I could not agree more. God’s favor is a blessing because He is not required to give us favor. My hope is that when you are done reading this post that you will see that favor surrounds you too!
Since I was a young child, I have never had any interest in cooking. My mother, who is a great cook, would often invite my sister and I into the kitchen as she was preparing meals to teach us how to cook. I cannot recall one time that I took her up on her offer. The thought of cooking was so unpleasant that when I was around 12 or 13 years old, I remember praying that God would send me a husband who liked to cook. Many years later I met my husband, Kevin. “Coincidentally,” Kevin is the greatest chef I have ever met. I would rather eat my husband’s food over any chef in any great restaurant that I have tasted. My husband is so great at his craft that whenever we go to a restaurant and I find a dish that I really love, my husband recreates it at home and it is always much better. He loves cooking for me and our family. This is not a coincidence at all, this shows the favor of God has followed me since I was a child.Psalm 23:6 (NASB) says, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”. I consider myself a blessed woman.
Open your eyes! Things that happen that you deem “coincidental” or “good luck” are really God’s way of showing you His favor. The more you look for favor, the more you will notice it. As believers, we also have to start expecting God’s favor. I have been reading “Your Best Life Now” by Joel Osteen and he speaks on favor in a way that I have never heard. In one passage Osteen states, “My attitude is: I’m a child of the Most High God. My Father created the whole universe. He has crowned me with favor, therefore, I can expect preferential treatment” (p. 39). Imagine being bold enough to make these same declarations in your life. God wants you to have this kind of faith in who He is and who you are. Our Father, the King of all kings, desires that His children remember that they are royalty and expect to be treated as such.
I have another example that concerns my husband. When Kevin was hired for his current job, he was told that he would have to work third shift. Although we needed him to take the job, we were both dreading the third shift hours. It would also mean that he would miss out on time with the children. And we were all so used to daddy being at home and available to the family. Kevin is such a great husband and father that the lack of his presence would have been difficult to deal with. Kevin had about a month of training before he was to start working third shift. During this time we prayed for a smooth transition. But once his training was over, his supervisors noticed that he was a hard worker with a great attitude and Kevin was never asked to go to third shift. This is preferential treatment! This is the favor of God! Psalm 84:11 (ESV) says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly”.
Do not leave yet, because you have homework! Every night for seven days I want you to take a journal and write down every good thing that happened that day, no matter how big or small. After you have them all written down, reflect on what sequence of events took place to bring about the good thing. Ask yourself these questions: Were these events planned by you? Could you have pulled it off alone? Was it a miracle? Did it seem coincidental? Then, thank God for each good thing on your list. Remember, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1:17, NLT).