Are you like me and sometimes pray fervently for God's favour? Do you seek Him and plead with Him for His favour? We have it already you know...
That penny dropped for me a while back when I was praying for God's favour and I realized that as a child of the Living God I ALREADY HAVE HIS FAVOUR!!!
So my prayers started changing. I would thank the Lord for His favour and in faith know that His favour is present in any situation I am dealing with. It certainly changes your prayer life and how you view what is going on in your life. Now, even when things don't look good, or things don't seem to be going in a way that you want, you can rest KNOWING you HAVE His favour and He is in control and things are going to pan out as God wants them to. And you know that ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who seek to put Him first (Romans 8 v 28).
Let me tell you what happened with us that reinforced this awesome truth in my life. Nothing major. Just one of those quirky events that really just magnify the truth.
So, we had this awesome fridge/freezer. But the house we bought came with an equally awesome fridge/freezer and our one wouldn't fit any way. So we decided to sell our fridge. We advertised it and because its quite an expensive fridge, it took a while for a buyer to happen along. But, as life goes, our buyer arrived, paid for the fridge and excitedly went off with it. Two days later he phoned with a really bad attitude and he demanded his money back and he had a technician come out and see the fridge and its broken and the technician told him to get rid of it etc etc etc.
Well, legally, we did not have to give him his money back but my husband said, "look, its not a problem, just bring it back and we will refund you." But I must say, during the course of the day, waiting for him to arrive, my blood was boiling. I knew that fridge was working, I knew it was good. He however, lived very far away and may have damaged it during transport, or unloading it etc! And his attitude! That made me see red!
So he arrived! And guess what! There were scratches on it that were not there before, and a dent! I was angry. I asked him how much we should deduct for the damage and he argued it had been there already. But seriously, you could see it was new damage. I had a bit of an unchristian verbal match with him and he told us to keep our money and that it would burn all our other money! NOW I WAS LIVID! How dare this man curse us and our money?! Who did he think he was returning our fridge worse for wear? However, my husband said "Tracy, give the man his money! We are better than this!" He helped him unload it, I gave his money back and I turned and walked away! I WAS FURIOUS! I was angry because I knew our fridge worked before he left, I was angry at his attitude, but I was most angry that he was treating us like we were ripping him off!
We then contacted the supplier of the fridge. We wanted to know if it was salvageable. The fridge was lonnnnng out of guarantee but they were messing us around due to their own issues with technicians messing them around etc so they in turn, WITHOUT EVEN SEEING our fridge told my husband they would swap it with a BRAND NEW exact same fridge, just BRAND NEW! You know, 7 years newer!!!! Get my drift? Favour!!!!!
A week later the supplier dropped off a brand new fridge/freezer. We re-advertised it and sold it for double what we sold our older fridge for. Not only that, it sold in 2 days where our older fridge took 5 months to sell. Do you see that favour? Not only did we have God's favour in this thing, a curse without cause will not alight! (Prov 26v2). God blessed our money!!! Despite that previous buyer's words!
For me, this event highlighted God's favour, the truth of His word, and the truth that He will always look out for His children. Had that man phoned and told us about the problem we would have worked with him and our supplier and HE would have ended up with a brand new fridge for a fraction of its cost. But, God used what someone else meant for our harm, He used for our good (Gen 50v22).
I hope this encourages you to pray differently. Oh and of course I had to repent of my various moments of anger too (she says hiding her head in shame). Do you see that? Despite MY BAD attitude, God extended His favour! I am so grateful!
Have a great week ahead
With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.
#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?
I feel the Lord taught me in this situation that I always have His favour. I am a child of God and I don't have to beg Him for His favour. I have to rest in faith, that I already have it!