I’ve been pondering a statement one of my sons made; He said “Favor aint fair.” What’s fascinating about favor is that it gives us an advantage. I like to think of God’s favor as—a doorman at an exquisite hotel—we walk up and the doorman, no questions asked—flings the door wide open.
Last weekend we were at a high school hockey tournament, where our son Parker and his team were battling it out for the Idaho State Championship title. Before each game as we traveled from our hotel to the ice rink, we prayed for Parker and the team.
On the first day as we were praying for agility, foresight and favor for Parker, I had this knowing that we had found favor with God. He was going to meet Parker and empower him to play the best hockey he ever has. I couldn’t stop smiling. Just then my other son says “Favor ain’t fair.” I had the same sentiment, those who call on God have an advantage—I almost felt sorry for the other teams!
Finding favor is translated as: special benefits or blessings.
Excitement and this sense of overwhelming love and favor filled my heart. I knew God was with my son and that He would favor him and help him.
Sure enough, Parker played the best five hockey games of his life! Actually his whole team played amazing—and earned the Idaho State Championship title.
I know it’s just a high school game, and I pray for favor quite often. But through this experience I grasped the favor concept as never before, seeing God’s favor as an advantage. Not in a smug way, rather in a manner that causes my heart to swell with warmth and gratitude for God’s remarkable love.
God’s favor isn’t the kind of thing we brag about, as if we are better than others—no, we brag about how awesome our God is! We are not favored because we are so great, and God owes us a favor, but because our God is so great, kind and loving.
Proverbs 16:15, “When the King smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.”
The benefits of God’s favor are endless. My heart is so full of admiration for God, not because I’m highly favored but because His favor shows me yet again how much He loves me.
Please be encouraged to marvel at God’s favor as you bathe in His love.
Psalm 31:16, “Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me.”,