Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Finding Favor (Part 1: Mercy And Truth)
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4 (NKJV)
Everyone who believes in God wants His favor, because in His favor are blessings uncountable.
Prosperity preachers talk a lot about blessings. If you believe, you can receive. But a step is missing between believing and receiving. Do you think Olympians 'believed' their way to the medal stand without a diligent effort?
'Do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?' (James 2:20).
If faith in receiving a gold medal is dead without a full-hearted commitment to the requirements of the sport, then faith in receiving God's favor is dead without a full-hearted commitment to the requirements of His blessings.
So what are some of God's requirements for favor?
1) Mercy and truth: We serve a God of mercy and truth, 'For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds' (Psalm 57:10). Without God's mercy, we would be trapped in a miserable life leading to a permanent death. Without His truth, wrong would seem right.
Because He treats us with compassion, He expects us to treat others the same way. And when we do, we receive His favor.
'Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from Heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase' (Psalm 85:10-12).
What is God's reward if we act in mercy and truth? Favor (the good stuff). Our lives and our work will be fruitful.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Finding Favor series.