September 23, Saturday

Today’s AMI QT is provided by Cami King of JCC (Raleigh).

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“THE FAVOR OF GOD”

Genesis 6:8-10

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved [in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”]

 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. 10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

 


Favor is a fairly pedestrian idea in our culture today. We all probably use this word most often in the phrase, “Can you do me a favor?” when we ask another person to do something for us that they are not required or obligated to do and would only do out of the generosity and kindness of their heart. Well, there is nothing pedestrian or mundane about the favor of God! This idea in Scripture is loaded with significance. When a person finds favor in the eyes of the Lord, they are blessed beyond measure. Take a moment to think of the most significant person alive – whomever you’d give that title. What if you were their favorite person! And you had direct access to all their power, money, influence and connections – to all their significance! Wouldn’t that be amazing?

 

 

I remember when I first became a Christian, I was convinced that I was God’s favorite child. There was just no other explanation for how good He was to me. God was always caring for me in such specific and personal ways that I was certain I consumed all His attention and affection. I remember reading the passage in Scripture that says God doesn’t show partiality or favoritism. I wasn’t so sure about that! I had experience after experience to suggest otherwise. Yet, the longer I walked with God, the more I understand that verse. God doesn’t have favorites because His favor is available to all who choose to enter into relationship with Him. There is enough favor to go around!

What does it take for us to land ourselves in the favor of the Lord? In Genesis 6, we learn that in the midst of a wicked world, Noah found favor with God. Why? Because he walked with God (just like Enoch!). In walking with God Noah was able to live a righteous and blameless life even in wicked times. I think it’s easy to look at Noah and focus on what Noah did right – imagining that he is some sort of super saint who never sinned in the ways we do. The rest of the narrative of the life of Noah let’s us know that was not the case. Instead we should focus our attention on God. It was God who showed His favor toward Noah. It was God who chose Noah. All Noah had to do was turn to God, to walk with God. That’s something that we can do too! When we do, we receive the unmerited favor that God freely gives to us, and we find access to an even greater salvation than Noah found during his day – we find eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank You for finding favor in me. Thank You for choosing to bless me and care for me as I walk with You. Help me today to remember that I am favored by the Almighty God of the Universe. May this truth bring me great hope and courage. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 46-47

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