Do you want to experience success in every area of your life, being blessed in your career, health and relationships?
Do you want to see your dreams fulfilled?
If so, it’s time for you to discover the power of the Favour of God.
When you have the favour of God, good things will start happening to you – both big and small. You might experience great blessings like landing your dream job, or more mundane good things like landing a good parking spot in a crowded lot. Your son will get a place in a top college, or your family will get your favourite table in a packed restaurant. When these things happen to you – that’s the favour of God!
Below are some Bible verses that talk about how we as Christians have been blessed by God’s favour.
In Isaiah 30:18, the prophet writes:
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious(chanan) to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!”
God’s favour is an amazing thing and the good news is that we don’t have to beg Him for His favour. Favour (chanan) is translated as “gracious” in Isaiah 30:18. The verse tells us that God longs to show us His favour. His passion is to be good to us! We can claim the favour of God because God enthusiastically wants to bless us!
In Psalm 35:27, the Psalmist says
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
We can be assured that God wants to bless us because it gives Him pleasure when we prosper. Nothing delights God’s heart more than to see us happy, successful, healthy and doing well.
In Psalm 30:5, the Psalmist sings:
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
As Christians, we not only have favour, but His goodness to us will last our entire lives.
In Psalm 84:11, the Psalmist writes:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
God not only gives us favour, He gives us all good things! God gives us good things, not just in the spiritual realm – like love, joy and peace, but also things in the material realm, like wealth and good relationships. He gives us all good things!
In Jeremiah 31:2, the prophet writes:
This is what the Lord says:
“The people who survive the sword
will find favour in the wilderness;
I will come to give rest to Israel.”
We can expect favour in the wilderness. That means even if our circumstances look bleak – for example, if you are looking for a job during a recession – God’s favour will be with you through the tough times and you can expect success even when the situation looks like you’re likely to fail.
In Ezekiel 36:9, God tells us – “ I am concerned for you and will look on you with favour”. We have God’s favour because He loves us.
In Isaiah 60:10, God says –
Though in anger I struck you,
in favour I will show you compassion.
Have you experienced God’s discipline because of your sin? Take heart – God tells you that His favour is with you if you repent and receive His compassion.
The favour of God will help you overcome challenges
When you have the favour of God, good things will happen to you, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t have problems. As it can be seen from the lives of Joseph, Ruth and Esther, they all faced great challenges. What is true though, is that the favour of God will help you overcome great challenges. When we face problems, we have to not get discouraged or give up, but wait for the favour of God to make us winners, just as it did for Joseph, Ruth and Esther.
God promises to deliver us from our trials. As it says in Psalm 34:19 –
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers them out of them all.
When you have the favour of God, it doesn’t mean that everything will always go your way and your whole life will be a bed of roses. You’ll still face difficulties, sometimes even problems that knock the wind out of your sails. When that happens, you may feel that you have lost God’s favour. Fight that thought! Even though something bad has happened, continue to believe that you have God’s favour and that this favour will help you overcome your problems. When you feel that God’s favour has left you is when you have to make extra effort to believe in God’s favour. Don’t be discouraged. Put a smile on your face and put your faith in God – his favour will deliver you.
In Isaiah 54:17, God promises us that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” We may face weapons from our enemies but in the end, through God’s favour, we will defeat these weapons. Our enemies’ downfall and our victory is guaranteed!