Genesis 32:10 (King James Version)
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant….
My heart is overwhelmed today and I had to tell somebody about the goodness of the Lord! Favor is defined as something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for paying back; a kind act. That is what God has been showing me. Unexplainable favor. I say unexplainable because, to me, you can’t define what blows your mind!
I have to confess that I have not been the most faithful member of the flock. My finances have seem to spin out of control and I stopped giving the Lord what is His – the tenth of my income. It actually had gotten worse than ever before and I know in my heart that being out of the will of God was one of the reasons the spinning just would not stop.
In November of 2011, I was convinced that as everything else in my life was coming together, giving what I know to be right had to be fixed as well. So I stepped out on faith and with my once-a-month check, I gave God His FIRST!!! Not knowing where we would get extra money from, not caring that I had bill collectors, I wrote the check and proudly walked during offering time and put it in that basket. For the first time in a long time, I had peace that I was doing the right thing.
Nothing major happened the next day. No manna from heaven came down, but we ate every day and made it through the month. God is good! December rolled around and we got paid early and I did the same thing knowing that I now would not get paid until the end of January and it was Christmas! My kids would not understand getting nothing. We were able to do a little something and thanked God for that as well.
Here comes January and we faced a new year and new challenges! Before the holidays, my supervisor came to me and said that someone he knew wanted to help someone in need to make it through the holidays with more than toys. So he asked me for information on two of my bills. I was touched that he would think of me and humbled to know someone would be so kind. We left for the break and I really didn’t give it another thought.
This past Tuesday, I was home and going over the bills with my husband. We were a little discouraged as we realized that once again there was more month than money. We encouraged each other with the knowledge that God would make a way somehow. This day was the first day of our church-wide fast which called for us to spend more time in prayer to seek the presence of God. The phone rang and we saw that it was the car place. We didn’t answer because we knew that we owed. I know some of you know all about that! (smile)
Well, the assistant was calling to tell me that she had just had a call from someone who paid $200 on my car which would keep it from being repossessed. All I could do was cry and praise my God for that thing called FAVOR!!!!! It took me a while to get it together enough to call and thank her for her message. She would not tell me who did it but it did not matter. I was just grateful that someone who did not know me would be willing to help. The assistant said that this blessed her heart to know there were still kind people in the world. I say that there are people in the world who have a YES spirit and follow the leading of God to help His people. And that is not all!!!
A little while ago, I called my credit card company to explain why I didn’t have the payment for this month. I was told ever so nicely that because I had not been late before now they would reverse the late fee and would not report this to the credit bureaus, and that I had until February 4th to get my payment in. CAN YOU SAY FAVOR ONCE AGAIN??!!!!! To God be the glory!
All I can do is tell you that God is the joy and the strength of my life. He will keep His promises! He does not lie! He is my Provider, my Redeemer, my Friend, my Comforter, that true Bridge over troubled waters. I know that doing what I am called to do brings rewards that are not always about money.
Having the favor of God will take you further than anything else I know! I want to encourage you to make up your mind that in 2012 you will do what you know to be the right thing in every situation. I dare you to trust God with that problem you face. He can change things in a second, just when you think all hope is lost. He loves you and will take care of your every need. Just trust Him and even if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, God will see that and bless you in ways your mind can’t even wrap around!
I can’t wait to see what my God will do next! I am so grateful today!
Live Victoriously and on Purpose!