My Shield – His Favor

I have come to understand that God’s love is poured out toward all men equally, yet His favor is a resource which becomes hinged to other things like obedience, intimacy and character. Favor is a resource that we must see increasing in our lives. Notice Jesus’ example to us:

“Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Lk 2:52).

What does it mean to find favor with God?

The Psalms tell us that the favor of God was the difference between life and death (Ps 30:5-7)(Ps 119:58)(Ps 106:4). The book of Proverbs tells us one way to find favor with God is to find a wife (Prov 18:22)… for me that was a big one. Obviously that was not the method used by Jesus; but it is one way.

One of the things Solomon emphasized in the book of Proverbs is favor’s connection to finding wisdom (Prov 8:35-36). Favor simply means that we are able to access kindness and are treated with a generosity and goodwill, far beyond what would normally be expected.

Of course, every believer is favored by God to some degree; but we want increase as Jesus exhibited. Therefore, we must understand God’s favor comes to us in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. It is important not to think of this favor in material or worldly terms alone… God’s favor is given in spiritual blessings as well as in material blessings.

My personal favorite Scripture on favor helps me understand why I need to increase in it… because His favor serves as my shield of protection on all levels of life.

“For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield” (Ps 5:12).

This shield of favor will not just protect you from the front but also the rear. It is a shield that surrounds you. Even when you don’t know what people are saying about you, this divine favor will insulate you from damage.

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