Favor of God

As the days of 2017 continue to unfold in rapid succession, we have moved past the halfway point, as we recall the theme discussed in one of the blog entries posted in January:

“2017 will be a year of unlimited goodness and unlimited favor.”

In reflecting further upon these two concepts in light of what has transpired and what lies ahead, we discover that the goodness of God, our Father, still abounds, and the subsequent favor of God continues to flow steadfastly from His goodness. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, so says the Psalmist, and we recall that the goodness of God leads us to repentance.

In the original blog entry, we noted that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, His undeserved favor toward His people. The lyrics to the following song describe God’s super-abounding favor:

Favor upon Favor

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,
Favor, favor, favor upon favor
Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,
Flowing from the fullness of the Father,
Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

Where we work there is favor
Where we live there is favor
Where we meet there is favor
Up and down each street there is favor
Where we pray there is favor
Where we play there is favor
Every day there is favor
In every way there is favor
Where we learn there is favor
Everywhere we turn, there is favor
Here and there and everywhere
There is the overflowing favor
Never-ceasing, ever-increasing favor.

There is favor, favor, favor upon favor,
Favor, favor, favor upon favor.
Let us savor each golden moment of the favor of God.

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,
Favor, favor, favor upon favor
Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,
Flowing from the fullness of the Father,
Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

Another recent blog post pointed out that in the midst of our times that have been described as perilous or difficult to deal with, we find a noticeable emptiness in the lives of people across globe. Without question, there is “a famine in the land,” not just in the United States but around the world. According to the United Nations World Food Programs, About 842 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy. That mean that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night. Indeed, hunger continues to be a worldwide crisis, both in the natural and in the Spirit as well.

Eight years ago the theme for the New Year at the church I attended was “Favor in the midst of famine.” Certainly that statement has application to our current year’s theme. Note what the following poem has to say:

Favor in the Midst of Famine

Favor in the midst of famine: all eyes can see
That bountiful goodness defies each enemy.
God blesses each step we take and anoints our head,
As we look back to see where paths of life have led,
And continue, knowing the truth has made us free.

We abide in His presence, serving faithfully,
Endeavoring to do, not less, but more instead,
Knowing that those who hunger shall surely be fed:
Favor in the midst of famine.

We press toward the mark, to reach the highest degree
With the fullest measure of each plurality,
Steadfast and unmovable, as the Word has said.
Though seasons change, this remains our reality:
Favor in the midst of famine.

As we look back upon what God has done over the past seven months; as we observe what the Lord is doing daily in abounding His grace and kindness toward us, and as we look to see what lies ahead, we continue to be overwhelmed by God’s “unlimited goodness and unlimited favor.”

True Worshippers offer “Favor” to conclude today’s blog post.

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