One of my favorite men of the Old Testament is David. Here was a man after God’s own heart. He was a shepherd, poet, musician, valiant soldier, priest, a dear friend, husband, father and king.
Was he perfect? No. Turning away from God, he paid a heavy price. However, through it all, David was counted as a righteous man. What he had most of all was the favor of God. David declared, “For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield” (Psalms 5:12).
Favor is synonymous with grace. That being said, God placed his righteousness in me when he saved my soul, giving me a covering and special privileges with him.
My challenge to us today is that if we are going to make a difference in this chaotic world, we must walk in the favor of God.
Our father brought us into this world to glorify him and to have a good life. All he asks of us is to believe in him.
Believe that he is who he says he is and that he can do what he says he can do. Consider this acronym for FAITH: Forsaking All, I Trust Him. God is moved by our faith.
Paul reminds us, “But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrew 11:6). The key is “rewarder of them who diligently seek him.”
Are you truly seeking God first in your life? Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Another important key to having the favor of God is learning to truly live one day at a time.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:5).
I have heard it said that the past is in the tomb of time, that the future is in the womb of time, and that all we have is today, the present.
Today is a gift from God. We must walk like that and talk like that. We must walk humbly and confidently before God and mankind. It is all about attitude.
You have heard the saying that attitude will determine one’s altitude. Therefore, we must work to keep a positive attitude toward life, praying often and giving thanks and praises to God for all his bounty of blessings in our lives.
Then, we must speak positive things over our lives: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” “Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.”
When God hears us speaking positively, we will have his favor. With his righteousness in each of us, we gain his favor. As children of God, we are surrounded by favor. Expect it. Declare it. God wants his children to be happy and we can be so if we will be steadfast in our faith knowing that we do have his unfaltering favor.
The Rev. Carey N. Ingram is the pastor at Lovejoy Baptist Church.