As I was reading about Noah and God’s covenant with him, I couldn’t help but think that the favor of God must have been pretty rare at that time. Indeed, Noah and his family were the only ones spared when the earth was flooded and every living thing destroyed. God was sorry that He ever made man. “But Noah found favor with the Lord (Gen. 6:8).” He was a righteous, blameless man, and was (here comes that ugly word again) “obedient” to God. I’m glad I wasn’t alive during the Old Testament/New Testament times. God was not playing around–not to imply that He’s playing around today. But it seems that back then, He’d just wipe you out–as if to say, “I’m done, bye-bye.” But thank God for favor. I believe obedience is a key factor in obtaining favor with God.
Looking at Abram (Abraham), he also found favor with God. He, like Noah, was obedient and didn’t need all the details beforehand… as we sometimes do. We’d ask God, or perhaps I should say interview God. Where exactly are we going? And for how long? What’s the purpose of the trip? How will I support myself/where will I work and live? …and likely, many more questions…. God told Abram to leave his country and kindred and go ‘to a land that I will show you.’ Without question, Abram obeyed God and was well compensated for his obedience. And when conflict arose between Lot’s and Abram’s herdsmen, Abram didn’t need to try to select the best piece of land and give his nephew the leftover parcel. Abram had the favor of God so he really couldn’t lose. Whatever he chose would be blessed. I dare you to obey God and trust Him to favor you. When you’re favored, you won’t need to concern yourself with who has what, who’s trying to undermine you, who’s trying to eliminate you, destroy you, or bring you down. You can’t go under for going over. There’s no way you can lose with the stuff you use. Some say, “favor ain’t fair.” Well, that’s the flavor of favor. Understand, though, that we can’t live any old kind of way and expect the favor of God. Let’s make 2012 the year that we walk in complete obedience to God and allow Him to favor us. I like the flavor of favor. Thanks for visiting. Take care & be blessed… Please also visit… www.xtreme-fire.com