Gain God's Favor by Josh Herring

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Please support: How to secure and obtain the favor of God by Josh Herring. Finding favor means gaining approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings. There is also a close association among favor, grace, and mercy, which are sometimes used to translate the same Hebrew and Greek words (such as hen [ej] and charis [cavri”]). The favor that human beings receive from God depends on his good pleasure and is often extended in response to prayer or righteous living. Those whose walk is blameless, such as Noah or Moses ( Gen 6:8 ; Exod 33:12-13 ), receive favor and honor from the Lord ( Psalm 84:11 ). In Moses’ blessing on the twelve tribes he speaks of Joseph’s prosperity and fruitfulness as the one who enjoyed God’s favor ( Deut 33:16 ). Gabriel told Mary ( Luke 1:30 ) that she had “found favor with God” and would bear the Christ-child. When Christ was born the angelic host announced to the shepherds that God would send “peace to men on whom his favor rests” ( Luke 2:14 ). At age twelve Jesus enjoyed the favor of God and men as he “grew in wisdom and stature” ( Luke 2:52 ), a description similar to the one about the boy Samuel ( 1 Sam 2:26 ).

Often the bestowal of God’s favor comes in answer to prayer as people cry out for mercy. Moses pleaded that God would spare Israel in spite of their sinful worship of the golden calf ( Exod 32:11 ). Moses prayed that he might know God and learn his ways so that his favor might continue ( Exod 33:12-13 ). Sinful kings such as Manasseh humbled themselves and sought the Lord in their distress, and he graciously showed them favor ( 2 Kings 13:4 ; 2 Chron 33:12 ). Sometimes, however, the Lord withheld his compassion and brought judgment on his people (cf. Isa 27:11 ).