Is God’s favor on you? Are you living a life surrendered to God? In this article, I want to discuss the favor of God and how you can go about getting it. Life is difficult and we need all the help we can get, right?
God’s desire is to help you, but His desire is that you seek Him first. He desires a living relationship with you that is healthy and flourishing. He desires that you know Him more and more each day. It’s through this that He places His favor on you.
I struggled with this for many years. I believed in God and I read the bible, but my commitment to Him was off and on. I lived a lot of years this way. I had both God and the world in my life. What I didn’t have was God’s favor directly on me. However, I believed then, and still do today, that my wife had God’s favor on her, and through this favor on her, God protected our marriage and kept us together (1 Corinthians 7:14).
There are a couple Scriptures in the bible where I’ve found some evidence that God does save others based on His favor on one person. My goal here isn’t to make it seem like you don’t have to live for God to have His favor over your household as long as someone with favor lives there; my goal is to highlight God’s amazing level of grace extended to even those He would sooner destroy.
I would encourage you to take living for God seriously and to work hard to build a solid relationship with Him through much daily engagement with Him.
Because of one man’s behavior, several benefited
The first area of the bible I want to look at is in Exodus. Moses was tasked with leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. However, God was displeased with the idolatry and all the complaining that was going on among the people.
“Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
Moses didn’t do everything perfectly, yet God still blessed him and gave him His favor. What if Moses decided to walk away from these people all together and leave his brother Aaron to lead the crowd? Well, God probably would’ve destroyed them. But Moses stuck with them and they carried on with God’s favor riding on Moses’ behavior, belief, and obedience to God.
A whole town saved because of a few men?
Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”
Then he (Abraham) said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”
And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.”
Abraham went back and forth from fifty righteous men right down to ten. I believe had he kept going all the way down to one, God would’ve spared the city.
Of course, Sodom didn’t end well. But what I learned about this story is that a whole city would’ve been spared because God’s favor was on a few men. I gained a deeper understanding of God’s grace.
Many people, me included, can tend to take God’s grace and favor for granted. But this is something we should embrace and cherish and seek wholeheartedly each day. Think about your life; has it gone about as well as it possibly could’ve? What if God’s favor was on you for that entire time – would it have been different? Better?
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Well, I suppose we can’t all know exactly how things might’ve turned out had we done this or that. But I believe my last twenty years would’ve been much better had I spent all that time surrendered to God and growing in my faith and being obedient to Him. I believe my marriage would’ve been more enjoyable and stable; I believe my children would’ve been closer to God with a much stronger foundation in their biblical knowledge.
But who knows, right? Maybe this was part of God’s plan and He’s still planning to work it all out for His glory.
Bring God’s favor on your home
If you are a Christian living with a non-Christian spouse or children, you will certainly have your hands full. However, if God has allowed you to be in such a situation, He must have a plan.
You can equip yourself and your household with the grace and favor of God through your belief and actions. The Scriptures that we looked at show that God will do this. But it shouldn’t end here. Instead, seek to grow your relationship as strong and completely as you can while being a strong Christian leader and example to your family.
Through this, God will bless your home. Pray for spiritual protection from the enemy over your whole house often. Encourage Godly living and try to push out the activities that please the sinful spirit.
Practice good leadership and stewardship over your family at every opportunity and keep praying. You will see the power of God move through your home in due time. Nothing is immediate. Keep at it.
In my house, my wife was the spiritual leader for a lot of years because I didn’t take on the role that was intended for me. Because I didn’t do this, my kids also didn’t grow up as strong Christians. Instead of following my wife’s lead, they followed mine right into sinful and selfish living. Well, better late than never, I finally surrendered to God and assumed my role as the spiritual leader in our home. However, now our children still have more of a tendency toward selfish living instead of Godly living.
But we are working to gain God’s favor over our home. Each day we are praying for our kids and our circumstances and growing our relationship with God further. Although we can see some improvements, God is working in His time. Building a relationship and a solid foundation does take time, but I now understand it’s worth it.
How to get God’s favor
As I’m my biggest critic, I will be the first to be a skeptic about taking advice from myself. But I’ve learned through looking at the life of Abraham and Moses and David and so many others in the bible who had God’s favor on them, this happened because of their faith and behavior.
If you want to please God, have faith in Him. Build a relationship with Him and learn to listen to Him. Be obedient to Him. Worship Him and talk to Him as often as possible. Be happy to tell others about your faith and share the love of Jesus. Raise your family well in the teachings of the Lord and take good care of all that He gives you. These are the things that please the Lord.
God knows that you won’t always be perfect or always make the right choices, but thankfully He has a lot of grace for His children. He makes allowances for your shortcomings and He forgives quickly and completely if you surrender to Him and ask.
Gaining God’s favor comes down to spending time walking with God. Learn about His Will for your life and strive to stick to that plan. The closer you are to God, the more in-tune you’ll be to the voice of the Holy Spirit within you. God’s Spirit will guide you down the right path each day when you are surrendered and are seeking Him.
It’s through the Word of God and your relationship with Him that He will protect you and your family from the work of the devil. Even when the enemy does something to mean harm to you, God can turn it around for your good (Romans 8:28). This is a big way to see His favor first-hand over your life and the life of the Christian believer.
Are you living in a way that is pleasing to God? Are you experiencing His favor in your household and over your family? This article offered examples of those who lived for God and experienced His favor and it also offered several ways to gain God’s favor for your own life.
God created you to live for Him. Think back to the Garden of Eden; Adam and Eve only had to spend time in the garden with each other and with God. All they had to do was praise God and enjoy all that He gave them.
The same is still true today. Instead of tending to a garden, you might have to tend to your physical job that God gave you. But all throughout the day, you can enjoy the greatness of God. He’s everywhere you go. You can worship Him and talk to Him while walking or driving or waiting or on your breaks. Your life only needs to be as complicated as you allow it. If you are struggling to find time to spend with God, it’s time to re-examine your schedule and make time.
Satan will work to keep you busy and make you believe that you can’t please God. Don’t listen to him or tolerate him. Seek God as often as possible and work hard to build a personal relationship with Christ. This is how you will get God’s favor over your life.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.