Scripture: Proverbs 8:33–35, NIV
“Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.”
People are looking for LIFE and FAVOR or advantages in their circumstances. However, most of the world is looking in the wrong places for these ingredients.
In this incredible passage of Scripture, we learn what it means to find life from God’s perspective, and how to experience the promise of receiving favor from God.
Life and favor are sourced in God alone.
In order to receive God’s favor, we need to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are declared righteous when we trust in Jesus alone for our salvation:
“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:10, ESV)
“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12, NIV)
The Psalmist recognizes that his success happened because of God’s favor:
“Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.” (Psalm 30:7, NIV)
It was only because of God’s favor that the Hebrew people were able to take possession of the Promised Land:
“For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.” (Psalm 44:3, NKJV)
In practicing the concepts of KingdomNomics, our prayer should be:
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17, NIV)
This is a tremendous incentive for us to spend time in the Word of God. For it is here we find the instruction and wisdom from above that will help make us the kind of person God can favor.
Do you know God is looking for people he can favor?
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9, ESV)
Today, ask yourself:
Am I allowing the Spirit of God to develop in me a blameless heart that is loyal to God and fully committed to him?