Favor is a wonderful thing. When we follow God and abide in Jesus, we’re cloaked in Jesus’s righteousness…that is some serious favor.
But, you all have probably been around long enough to know that life isn’t all butterflies and roses. Favor doesn’t always look the way we’d like. God’s ways are higher than ours (Isa. 55:9), but He works everything together for our good (Rom. 8:28).
Some seasons are filled with hurt, some seasons surrounded by loneliness; many seasons are broken into little tiny pieces. Where is God’s favor then? Did it depart?
That’s what the enemy of our souls would like us to think. Thoughts try to accuse and condemn us that somehow, in some way, we’re the reason life looks dim. If we were a better Christian or a better mom, it wouldn’t be so. Circumstances consume us, ridding us of optimism, perseverance, and worst of all, hope. Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Prov. 13:12), and sick hearts forget that their children of God.
The Bible illustrates this perfectly. Satan destroyed Job’s life, his wealth was stripped, his children killed, his wife tells him to just curse God and die. Job laments, “The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison…” (Job. 6:4). Now, I’d argue that the arrows poisoning job were not God’s, rather they were Satan’s because Satan was afflicting him (Job), nevertheless, the illustration of arrows poisoning the spirit is pragmatic.
Likewise, our spirits fill with poisonous arrows from life. Sometimes we know when they hit, and sometimes we only realize that they’ve been stuck inside of us for years after much searching. But these arrows can wreck our self-image, and even how we view God. In my opinion, Job made a mistake by thinking God afflicted him, but Job produces a powerful message that shouldn’t be missed.
Job did not let his circumstances rock his identity.
Sure, he lamented, and he wept and tried to process the chaos that surrounded him, BUT He held on to the belief that he was still righteous, even when it didn’t look like that at all.
During our bleakest moments, I feel that the most powerful way to manifest God’s favor comes from our attitude. We can play the “woe is me” card and feel sorrowful for the depravity of what surrounds us, or we can say, “not for long because of my God…” We can choose to believe that we’re loved, favored, and a child of the One True God, even if we feel lonely, abandoned, and discouraged.
If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot…”
And Job’s wish came true. Jesus stands in the gap between the God and man, mediating and interceding for us. Jesus knows the woes of humanity because He was fully human. He also knows the glory of Heaven because He’s been there long before the earth was even formed. When we cling tightly to the King of Kings, we abide in Him and become a part of His body. There, God’s favor will forever shine on us, not because we earned it, but because of who earned it for us.
So, the next time “life happens,” remember who came from Heaven and what that means for you!
Have a blessed week!
Is a wife, mother of three, author of Re:Birth, and lover of afternoon naps and phish food ice cream.