We often forget that God favors us as His children. The Bible is overflowing with verses that affirm His good will and many benefits to those who love Him. So it is that Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be done for you” (John 14.14; 15.7). Again, Jesus said, “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Luke 11.13). Likewise, the Psalmist writes: “God leads me…He restores my soul…He guides me…He delivers me..He is my refuge and my strength…He sustains me…He is my rock and salvation…” (Ps.23; 34; 46; 55; 62).
Let’s not forget His many benefits (Ps 103.2).
Our problem is that we take our eyes off Jesus and focus them on our circumstances. That’s a sure avenue to defeat. That’s what made Peter sink when he was walking on the water towards Jesus. It’s a matter of faith, but it’s faith in a God of favor.
Jeremiah prophesies for God saying, “I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29.11). This is God’s good favor; it’s His divine compassion and desire for mankind that we might have abundant life. When we believe something else, then we short-circuit God’s move in our lives.
Don’t listen to the many voices crying about destruction, calamity, tribulation and shame. The devil’s pushing that program. God’s program is given in the context of His great love, where He does not pronounce curses on us, rather, He pronounces blessings. This is not a Pollyana religious view. The faithful know that God’s with us in any and every circumstance. We know that He’s ready and willing to come to our aid. His good favor is overflowing!
Jesus says: “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return” (Luke 6.38). So it is, when we believe God, and show His favor to others, that His good favor is bestowed on us.
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