|Posted on October 3, 2019 at 5:05 PM|
The favor of God can be described as one who gains approval, acceptance, special benefits or blessings from God as evidence and confirmation of one’s approval by God. There is a close association between favor and grace which comes from the same Greek word meaning graciousness, loving-kindness, and goodwill of God. Scripture declares “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV). For a believer to find and receive favor, one must first find and receive grace. Grace implies more than favor--grace is a free gift and favor may be deserved or gained. Access to God’s favor is available to those who by grace have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and the indwelling presence of Holy Spirit. The favor that mankind receives from God depends on His good pleasure and is often extended in response to prayer, worship, obedience to His Word, and righteous living.
There is not an external or natural source that can produce life and favor for mankind. In Scripture Job identifies the source of life and favor. “You have granted me life and favor and Your care has preserved my spirit” (Job 10:11 NKJV).
God shows and gives favor to those who delight themselves in Him (Psalm 37:4), seek Him daily and endeavor to know His ways, live by faith (Hebrews 10:38), and are humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at His Word (Isaiah 66:2). Believers who are favored by God know that He will not leave or forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:8]; cause all things to work for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28); hear their prayers (Proverbs 15:29); and extend grace, mercy, and peace to those who live in truth and love (2 John 3). God through Jesus Christ invites all believers to seek His favor. “I seek your favor with all my heart. Have mercy on me as you promised!” (Psalm 119:58 NET).
God’s favor is available to every believer and will change their lives once these basic truths are understood: His grace is favor; His favor is available to all those who believe; His favor is received by faith; His favor affects every aspect of one’s life; and His favor surrounds one’s life all day and every day.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 NAS