by Pastor Steven Furtick
God’s favor is a big deal—it’s right up there with faith, grace, and the mercy of God. “Favor” is mentioned in the Bible over 70 times, and you’ll find that everyone greatly used by God experienced His favor.
But God’s favor doesn’t always look like you think it looks. A lot of people ask for favor with God and turn around expecting favors from Him. There’s a big difference between the two.
God’s favor is the guarantee of His presence and the provision of His power to accomplish His special purpose in and through your life. It’s intended not for your convenience, but for His purpose, and it doesn’t mean your life is going to get any easier. In fact, it almost certainly guarantees that your life is going to get harder.
For example, Noah found God’s favor in the form of an ark that he built to preserve the human race. Joseph faced difficulty everywhere he went, but he found favor with God, who was with him in every season of his life. Jesus was the perfect example of finding His Father’s favor, but it ultimately led to His death.
The common denominator in all these examples is that none of what they accomplished would have been possible without the favor of God.
The same is true for you today. You need God’s favor to do what He’s calling you to do. And while you can’t achieve or manipulate it, there are ways to better position yourself to receive God’s favor.
Not only that, you can expect God’s favor. Psalm 30:5 says “His favor lasts a lifetime,” so you can count on the Lord to give you the favor you need in every season of your life.
If everything is going well right now, thank God for this season of tangible blessings. Yet don’t feel entitled to this favor. You didn’t earn it. Without God, it would all be impossible. Keep walking in faith, and remain in His favor.
“But if favor seems hard to find right now, don’t give up. Favor is never bound by circumstances. It can track you down and bless you, even in the hardest of times.”
If you’re stuck in a dysfunctional home, abusive relationship, or a dead-end job, His favor is still there. Never stop looking for it.
And as you’re looking, pay attention to what God has put in front of you today. When you pray for His favor, He will respond with an opportunity. That may come in the form of a simple instruction from God. Your obedience will determine whether or not you walk in the blessings of that opportunity.
Imagine what would have happened if distractions had kept Noah from obeying God and building the ark. Seize the opportunities before you!
If you truly want to walk in God’s favor, it’s not about who you are, but Who is inside of you. Obey Him today and know that wherever God leads you, His favor will follow.
Steven Furtick is the pastor of Elevation Church in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.