Posts Tagged ‘Favor’

Finding life and obtaining favor

January 2, 2018

Proverbs 8_35

The Verse of the Day for January 2, 2018 comes from Proverbs 8:35, but to more fully comprehend the instructions given by Solomon, we need to examine the preceding verses as well:

Proverbs 8:33-35 (Amplified Bible):

“Heed (pay attention to) instruction and be wise,
and do not ignore or neglect it.
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“Blessed [happy, prosperous, to be admired] is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.

“For whoever finds me (Wisdom) finds life
And obtains favor and grace from the Lord.

Those who seek wisdom will not only find what they seek, but they will also find life. According to Matthew 7:7-8, we recognize that everyone who asks receives, and everyone who seeks finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

God, as a beneficent Father, is the giver of life, life in all of its fullness. The expression used for life is often translated in the plural: life, vibrant and fresh, refreshing new life, in all of its richness, overflowing life that impacts others, the more abundant life that Jesus Christ came to give. Not only will those who seek wisdom find life, but they will also find favor or grace. Like Noah, they will find grace in the eyes of the Lord.

According to Herbert M. Wolf, finding favor means gaining approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings. He notes a close connection between favor, grace, and mercy. In the New Testament, we note that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, His undeserved favor toward His people.  Ephesians 2:8 makes known that we are saved by grace and not by our own works; it is the “gift of God.”

To receive grace is to receive that gift, something so valuable that it must be given away because no one is wealthy enough to purchase something of inestimable value and worth. A common acronym for grace is “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.” Favor is God’s graciousness extended to us; grace is His undeserved favor that abounds toward those who accept His graciousness: “Where sin did abound, grace did much more abound.”

These lyrics describe God’s super-abounding 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 those

Who seek and find the life wisdom offers.

As the New Year unfolds, may we pursue wisdom as never before and daily apply our hearts to the wisdom that we find in the Word of God, as we are

Watching, Waiting, Seeking

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14

 

We are strengthened by the Word of God where we find

Courage to endure while seeking to watch and wait.

Those who watch and wait will be never left behind,

For God has always been faithful and never late.

We trust in the Lord, as the Word of God extols.

Like Job we wait until at last our change shall come,

Assured that in patience we now anchor our souls.

May we not faint and fall by the wayside as some

But follow in Christ’s steps, as we quickly obey

And bear up under and yield fruit of endurance.

We must walk in God’s love, the more excellent way

And through faith and patience claim our inheritance.

In these perilous times we are yielded and still,

Watching, waiting, seeking to fulfill all God’s will.

We close with “Wisdom Song” by Laura Woodley Osman

 

 

 

 

 

Favor of God

July 16, 2017

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.