“You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit. (Job 10:12)
When you live favor-minded, you’ll begin to see God’s goodness in the everyday, ordinary details at the grocery store, at the ball field, at the mall, at work, or at home. You may be out to lunch when you “just happen” to bump into somebody you’ve been wanting to meet. Perhaps that person is somebody you admire or hope to learn from, or possibly he or she is someone with whom you have been hoping to do business, but you couldn’t get to them. That is not a coincidence. That’s the favor of God causing you to be at the right place at the right time.
When those kinds of things happen, be grateful. Be sure to thank God for His favor, and for His special assistance in your life. Don’t take God’s favor for granted.
King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then ordered her husband, Uriah, to be abandoned in battle, resulting in the man’s death. Nevertheless, the Bible compliments David, saying that he was a man after God’s own hearts (see 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). How could that be? Because David repented and sought forgives, and God forgave him and gave him a new start. He didn’t focus on his faults or on the things he had done wrong, but he continued to live favor-minded, expecting goodness and mercy all the days of his life. Let’s make this theme “Repented and Sought forgiveness” for our lent 2016!
Today and everyday this morning, instead of expecting to get the short end of the stick in life, why not start expecting God’s bless to chase after you? Instead of expecting to barely get by in life, start expecting the goodness of God to overtake you.