Life is hard. I think we all know and agree on that. So when things go your way, it helps, and feels good too. The world calls this, “”Catching a break”, but as a child of God, I call it, “Favor”.
Monday: I started having an issue with the pilot light on the water heater staying lit, so I called a plumber.
Tuesday: The plumber came out, and upon further inspection he recommended replacing the whole tank and not just the part that controls the pilot light. This was due to the age of the water heater that was in place. I agreed.
Problem: Due to a shortage of plumbers available to hire, and to an overabundance of work that was needing to be completed I was looking at being without hot water for a week, perhaps longer.
Wednesday: It started raining. And it rained.
Thursday: The plumber showed up first thing in the morning and installed a new water heater. Apparently, all that rain prevented the plumbing company from being able to work on their prior jobs, and my job got moved up. When the scheduling guy called and told me the good news he said, “You caught a break.” After I got off the phone, I begin thanking God for favor.
As I have started getting familiar with “favor” I have learned as a child of God I can actually ask for it. I have also noticed that it can come in many different “flavors” or ways. As a need comes up, or you are about to call, or go into a place of business I now pray and ask God for favor to be bestowed upon me, and it usually is. When it is, I am grateful and thank God for it, but favor is also bestowed to those who live a life that is in right standing with God.
Here is how favor is gained:
1–2 My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life,
never forget the things that I’ve taught you.
Follow closely every truth that I’ve given you.
Then you will have a full, rewarding life.
3 Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go,
and be faithful to all that you’ve been taught.
Let your life be shaped by integrity,[a]
with truth written upon your heart.
4 That’s how you will find favor and understanding
with both God and men—
you will gain the reputation of living life well. Prov. 3:1-4 (TPT)
“Again, God thank you for favor with men. Living by your ways, and commands really does make life easier, bearable.” Now, I’m going to go take a hot shower!
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