Understanding Leads to Favor

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

The Bible describes how our actions and attitude can result in favor. But what are the keys? What do we need to do? One key is having “good understanding.”

The Hebrew words here tell us that this is more than just accumulating information. It means having spiritual insight and discernment. It implies we must have good sense and know how to succeed.

This explains why it is important to seek wisdom and understanding—to realize the importance of seeking God, knowing His Word, and putting it into practice. We always must remember that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).

As we revere and honor God, and put His commandments into practice, we embrace a lifestyle that leads to a “good understanding.” We receive insight from Him and gain His favor. This “understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it” (Proverbs 16:22).

But the Bible provides a strong contrast in describing the “treacherous.” These people are unfaithful and betray others. Instead of being honest, they are willing to cover up their true motives and disguise their desires. They are willing to obtain their objectives by being sneaky, devious, and underhanded.

They employ these tactics and strategies because they think this is the way to succeed. And, for a season, they may enjoy success, at least in the eyes of the world. Yet the Bible warns that their way is “hard.” These attitudes become ingrained. They become habits that are employed throughout their lives, in every area. This becomes “their ruin” (ESV).

Do you want favor from God? Seek His wisdom and understanding. Study His Word, and put it into practice. Fear God, and submit your life to Him. And seek to please Him.

These are steps that lead to real and lasting favor. This favor from God will become a “fountain of life” for you.