Have you ever been put in a position that you really didn’t necessarily “earn,” but you’re there anyway? When you know for a fact that there’s nothing you necessarily did or said, nor anything so particularly wonderful about you that better qualifies you for the role you’ve been given than anyone else? And yet – it’s yours? People wonder why you got the promotion, why you were elevated to another level with quite possibly even less experience than those around you. Why you were suddenly brought to the forefront all the way from the background. Why? That, my friends, is something we call favor. We don’t really understand why it was given to us, but it’s ours to handle anyway.
Favor – can be defined as “an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.” I have also heard it defined as “an act of gracious or unusual kindness, usually by a supervisor.” Increasingly in our lives when favor finds us (or has been granted to us) – we become humbled by it and very grateful for it. And – while we’re grateful for the blessing we’ve been given – we are often left with that lingering question of “why”? Why me? Why am I here? Why did God put me in this role – what does He want me to do?
I’ve been thinking recently that these two things – gratefulness and favor – may quite possibly be very inextricably linked. The more favor we’re shown, the greater the spirit of humility we have and therefore the greater the feeling of gratefulness we experience. I think part of that admission that we are not where we are by our own power, but by His, is perhaps part of the incentive God has to continue to bless us with favor.
Pastor Darrell Jackson of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road said months ago as I was just moving to Columbia and starting a new role in a new industry that “the blessings of God will follow you in a strange place.” That “God will put you in a place where no one around you can do what God anointed you to do.” The longer I’m here in this “new” place and new surroundings, the more I realize how true those statements really are.
As Bishop TD Jakes once said about favor “I didn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, I don’t understand it, but I’ve got it” (Favor Ain’t Fair sermon). I don’t know if we’ll ever fully understand it, but I am starting to feel that gratitude and favor seem to create a positive cycle that propels us upward and forward as God continues to draw us closer to him. It’s quite amazing.
Worth reading: The ART of Gratitude
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