God’s Favor: So Now What?
Here’s the answer: Living in God’s favor is living in what God favors.
Proverbs 8:32–36 tells us, “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways.Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord;But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”
The writer says that we need to listen, that we need to keep, that we need to watch, and that we need to wait. When we do those four things, we’ll find the favor of God.
What does that mean? God wants us to be totally dependent on Him.
- God wants us to be listening for what He wants us to do in all of our life situations.
- God want us to keep and obey what He says to us.
- God wants us to watch and wait patiently for His wisdom to be revealed.
When we do those things, we’ll find wisdom and we will live in God’s favor.
The believer who chooses to be independent from God isn’t listening for wisdom because they think they are self-sufficient. The believer who doesn’t keep or obey what God wants them to do, or who doesn’t watch or wait is impatient, spontaneous, and going their own way. They do not walk in the favor of God because they’re not walking in His wisdom. They are doing their own thing, their own way, and in their own time. They don’t find God’s favor because they’re self-consumed with their “own” thing.
If we are going to walk in God’s favor, we won’t find it being self-sufficient. We need to be totally dependent on Him and we need to listen, obey, be patient and wait for God’s hand. When we do, the favor of God rests upon our lives. The favor of God does not mean in any way, shape, or form, that we can just live like idiots and expect the favor and blessing of God on our life. Living life our own way doesn’t lead to God’s favor, it leads to foolishness.
In Luke 2:52 it says this: And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (maturity), and in favor with God and man. Jesus Christ increased; it means He grew—in wisdom. He didn’t have it all figured out; He grew in it.
Are you growing in wisdom? Are you wiser now than you used to be? Are you growing in Him because you’re listening and waiting and doing what He is telling you to do? Then, as a result of growing in wisdom and maturity, are you growing in His favor?
This is what God favors.