DAY 16 - Facts about Favor | "House of Wisdom" Devotional

Friday, February 16, 2018 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Proverbs 3:3, Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

A lot has been said and written about the favor of God. Everyone wants favor, which really amounts to help, opportunity, or preferential treatment from God and people. As much as we may talk about self-reliance, the fact remains that we all want help and special treatment.

Divine favor, or favor from God, happens in very unusual ways.  Favor can be “supernatural” in your life, because your circumstances require it. Not everyone is well “connected.” Natural favor comes by associating with the "right” people. In some instances, if you are blessed with good looks and the right body type, this will help attract natural favor.

According to Proverbs 3:3, we can find supernatural favor with both God and man by two means; love and faithfulness.
God is love. Jesus gave his life because of God’s love for us. People make great sacrifices for others because of love. Love is the greatest and most trustworthy motivator. When you walk in the God kind of love, you abide in a special place of God's power and presence. Not only is love a motivator for positive action, it is also a great power of attraction. Love attracts favor.

Faithfulness attracts favor. In a world of absent commitment and shaky fidelity, faithfulness stands out like a mountain on the horizon. 

One year, we vacationed in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington. For me, the most amazing sight was Mount Rainier standing tall at 14,400 feet. It was visible from almost any part of both cities. Coming from Indianapolis, which is essentially flat, the sight of that mountain was inspiring and reassuring. 

Faithfulness is like Mount Rainier. You can't miss it or ignore it. You can't imagine a landscape without it. You look for it when needing direction.

When love and faithfulness are bound within our hearts, we attract supernatural favor from God and man. You won't have to play mind games, ride somebody's coattails, or be apprehensive. Walking in love and faithfulness through Christ is enough.

Reflection Question:  What are 1-2 areas where God has helped you to be faithful?

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