Psalm 30:5 says, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” I want to pull one part of this verse out for you. It is essential to remember that God’s favor is for life, meaning that it is another irrevocable gift. We don’t earn it because we have it.
Here is another of my favorite verses. I use it as a phrase to praise Him. Psalm 5:12 says, “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
Ah, surrounded with favor like a wrap-around shield. What a delightful gift! Peace and joy are irrevocable gifts. Yet, our disobedience will cover over all three gifts. Even though they are still there, the dirt of our rebellion is thrown upon them.
Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Hebrews 5:8 says, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
A great question to ask ourselves: am I learning obedience through the trials in my life? Our trials are His instruments to expose and weed out roots of rebellion that are hidden to sabotage our faith.
God’s favor on our life is most evident when we reflect His character. Remember from Romans 5:3-4 that our character is developed and proven as we persevere through our trials.
As we gaze upon the Lord, we are transformed into His image. It is part of our progressive sanctification. 2 Peter 1:4 says that we become partakers or sharers of His divine nature. O Lord, may we walk as You walked, and speak as You spoke in absolute obedience that will glorify You.