Greg Stokley | @gregstokley
There’s a certain buzzword that we hear a lot in the church world.
Now, this word brings several things to mind. Most of the time, Christians associate favor with blessing. That’s not necessarily wrong. Some people go so far as to say that if you are well-off, have nice things, and a pretty good life with not a lot of drama then surely God’s favor must be upon you.
But what if we’re viewing the idea of God’s favor in an incomplete way? Do the coming of trial and troubles single the end or lack of God’s favor on our lives? No, of course not. And there’s one man I will use to prove it.
Most Christians are familiar with a guy named Joseph. This guy is a very essential part of Scripture, so much so that a very large portion of Genesis is about him. Most people know of his trials and successes. Yet some would assume that God's favor came and went with Joseph.
He was sold into slavery by his brothers. From there, he became the head of a wealthy man’s house. After this man’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, she accused Joseph of trying to do the same to her. He was put in prison, where eventually he would interpret some key dreams that would lead him all the way to second-in-command of Egypt. Sounds like quite a ride, huh?
But as you read this story, notice something. Joseph went though quite an ordeal. Most people would look on these events and say that he had fallen out of favor with God. Yet I contend this: he never lost favor. Favor carried him all the way though.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Every knows Romans 8:28. Yet we only like to apply that verse if good things are happening. When bad things start, we are quick to assume that all the promises of God are null and void. Yet God’s favor was with Joseph all the way though his life. It was a bumpy ride, but God’s placed Joseph in a far better position though the hardships he endured.
Favor does not guarantee certain things: money, possessions, influence. But God’s grace on our lives, which is truly unmerited favor, takes us exactly where the will of God wants us. So, get your eyes off the storm, and start looking to Christ. His favor is with you even in the midst of adversity and strife.
Remember that there is no greater miracle than that of salvation. God’s true favor is in the salvation of sinners through his son Jesus. So, in short, if you are a Christian, you have God’s favor no matter what is going on with you or around you. So be encouraged!!!
As the saying goes, if God will bring you to it, he’ll bring you through it.
Greg Stokley is a ginger from southern Alabama. He loves reading, writing, but not arithmetic. He serves in youth, college, teaching, and preaching ministries. An amateur theologian, he's not afraid to point out bad doctrine, with love of course. He also writes at his own blog, To Be Prophets and Priests. You can contact Greg on Twitter at @gregstokley or at his email firstname.lastname@example.org.