Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Unmerited Favor....

Jesus grew in wisdom and maturity. He gained favor from God and people. Luke 2:52

For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 8:35

God created us to have perfect oneness with Him. He created us to glorify Him. God created everything for us. We were created to have dominion over the creation but disobedience to God cause us to lose the favor of God and to be back in God's favor, we need to walk in obedience. God blesses those who walk in faithfulness. To receive favor is to be somebody's favorite and being somebody"s favorite means that you get special attention. The favor of God is what you should seek my friend and not money. The Bible tells countless stories of people who received favor of God. Sarah received favor. God blessed her with her child when it was impossible because of her old age. The Lord was with Joseph also, and he granted Joseph favor with the chief jailer (Gen 39:21). With God favor, Joseph was able to achieve his destiny with his own life and for his family as well. Noah found favor with the LORD (Gen 6:8). The rains came down hard just like predicted for over a century and the floods came up, and Noah and his family alone were saved.

We can admit that never in the history has there been a generation with so much and yet with no satisfaction. Let us be honest, in America, everything is within reach. If you dream it, you can achieve it; but It brings no joy, and no satisfaction. You can actually feel the emptiness flowing into people. That is one of the reasons why marriages fail. People are desperately looking for satisfaction. People have collection of cars, numerous houses and many sexual partners but they have no joy. That is why drug and alcohol are rampant in communities. People are looking for the wrong things. They are looking for self-interests instead of God's interests. They no longer glorify God. They glorify themselves. We do whatever we can to feel the void in our hearts. We go after everything except God.

Friend, we are losing our children. Young people are dying of drug overdose and alcohol abuse. They desperately need God. Our hearts get broken every day. How many young people full of promise do we lose every year? When will we be mad enough to go out and do something? It is our job to share the good news of Christ with them. We must turn curse into blessing. We must turn back to God. We need to call on His cleansing power. God promised to bring back all of His favor: "A faithful man shall abound with blessings" (Proverbs 28:20). It is the only way to receive favor of God.

Let us determine in our hearts not to look at the failure of the past. Let us run back home just like the prodigal son. Let us put God before our own interests. Let us seek God, and truly seek Him. Let us open our hearts to receive His fullness. God’s plan is that you and I fulfill our destiny.

"A faithful man shall abound with blessings" (Proverbs 28:20).

Praise the Lord!