Favour With God & Men

“Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation” (Proverbs 3:4).

Solomon spoke about favour in the book of proverbs and in chapter 3, introduced the concept of favour with God and people. Earlier in the chapter his instructions was to keep the commandments of the Lord which would result in favour. We consider often the favour of the Lord and we know that once God’s hands are on our lives, then anything that we put our hands to is blessed. The other side of this is that God will use people as a conduit for his blessings. A conduit refers to a natural or artificial channel through which something is transmitted. As such, anyone who God uses to convey a blessing is a conduit.

Solomon makes reference again in Proverbs 16 to what happens to a person whose ways are pleasing to God. “When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them” (Proverbs 16:7). In essence, God can use someone who hates you to be a blessing to you. They will act graciously towards you and be confused about why they are doing it. Remember that God can turn the hearts of Kings and great men in whatever direction that he wants it to go. God will turn the hearts of even the coworker, neighbour or Manager who has been horrible towards you, so that they will have no choice but to be nice to you.

God also uses angelic beings to transfer blessings to us. “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it” (Hebrews 13:2)! The angels provide supernatural assistance which is impossible beyond the natural realm. We see many instances in the bible where the angels were assigned to assist the children of God with information, guidance and protection in times of war. Angels can set scenes in motion on the earth to bring about God’s plans and purposes to bless his children.

God wants us to have favour and to live in abundance. God wants us to be at peace with all men where possible. God will use people to convey his blessings and it is those people around you that he is likely to use. There are instances when God has also impressed it upon the heart of strangers to help his children in need. We lift our faith in expectation to receive from the Lord and we also summon angelic assistance to help us in accessing the favour of God. We also pray for the favour of God and use the word to decree favour into our circumstances.

A.P.-Y.

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