Hello Blog World!
Yes, it has been a long time since I have written!
God has spoken to me today and I know I have to sit down and share!
Psalms 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us: establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands.”
Do you ever feel like you can’t be fair to all your children? Were you the one that was always not picked in Gym?Or where you the one who was the favorite in the family ?
It doesn’t matter what your view of Favor is, God’s view is very important that you get it! I strive really hard to make my kids feel like every one of them is important and my favorite. Like on Valentines day I made sure they all had hearts on their crustless sandwiches, but when they opened them at lunch everything was smeared together with no idea to them that I made them as perfect to the other so they would know I loved them. Fairness and Favor seem to go hand in hand when we measure how people think of us, but so many times it can only go so deep. We all tend to favor ourselves the most when it comes down to it.
God had to break thru human concept of favor. In This verse Moses is asking God to rest His favor on them so that everything that they did would be ” established” or should we say to be settled and stable. Think about that poor leader man, he had to lead unhappy, disobedient, stubborn people. He knew they needed more. Freeing and Leading them to the Promise Land” wasn’t enough to keep them from feeling like God was unfair to them. Wow, can’t we relate? You may ask yourself sometimes “why can’t God be more fair to me or answer my prayers like he does _______ (you put the name there)”? Moses had good reason to ask God for favor because I feel he was asking for ‘The Favor’ God would give thru sending Christ!
Have you ever felt like you were the favorite? I was to my grandma ( of course, for the first 5 years of my life, I was her one and only grand baby). We would go out eat and the waitress would say “who do you have with you?” She would say “why, this is my pride and joy”. With her great smile she would look at me and say “order whatever you want”. No other little girl could meet up to her view of me. She would listen and hang onto every word I said. I really thought I could do nothing wrong in her eyes. Of course, I didn’t want to either because I didn’t want to disappoint her. When she came to visit me after I was married, she said my house was immaculent, ha-ha, It made me feel like I lived in a palace. Are you getting my picture of favorite, maybe a little?
Moses knew these dear Israelites did have favor with God, obviously the list in the Old Testament is awesome. They were missing something though. They had to keep “doing” to have God’s favor. God knew He had to bring it to a settled point. A once and for all to bring the “Favor” to really rest. Humanity really can’t take in the fact that we really have no control over ‘The Favor'(grace, mercy & redemption). God gave His son out of His great love for us. This favorite is not something we can earn, He sees us as His favorite because He does! Whether you have been or are someones favorite on this earth and everything is going your way or not going so good. You are seen as God’s favorite.
This brings me to the verse for our Forty days in the word. Paul says in Philippians 1:27 “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”. Whatever happens…… Paul understood his ‘Favor’, he was settled and stable in it! He is challenging us to ‘conduct'(lead or transfer) ourselves to understand this. Then our manner will be worthy of the gospel of Christ. See we can’t just say I can be good and give worthy to Christ thru our own works. We need to see and except the gift of Favor that God gave us even when we go thru the “whatever”. The greatest Favor has been done on the cross! Sin can’t cling to us if we transfer our understanding of God seeing us as His favorite because we want to bring Him glory, and sin will separate us from Him( the one who puts us first)! Be moved today to choose God’s Favor, even when all around you is in turmoil and you can’t understand why God allowed it. He has brought His Favor to rest on us and We can be established, settled and stable in our souls for Eternity! Hallelujah!