- Stacey Darling
Expect God's Favor
“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12
For the past couple of days, I can hear the words “Expect God’s favor” playing and replaying in my head. I have woken up hearing it, I hear it throughout the day and it’s the last thing I hear and think about before I fall asleep. This morning I woke up and immediately started to worry about something and just like in days past, I clearly heard “Expect God’s favor.”
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
This has happened to me in the past with a specific verse. A portion of it played in my head over and over for a couple of weeks and then a friend sent me a text saying she didn’t know why but the Lord wanted her to send this verse to me. It was the same verse. The Lord found a way to confirm that He was speaking to me.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Because my walk with Him has grown and my discernment allows me to see and hear His voice more clearly, I now know when He is speaking to me. I know He is wanting me to expect His favor. This morning I realized that if I woke up every day expecting God’s favor and kept in that mindset until I fell asleep each night, it would change my life.
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28
I’m generally a what-if kind of girl which creates a lot of unnecessary worry and angst in my life. I have spent minutes, hours, days, weeks and even months worrying about things that either never happened, turned out better than I expected or were ultimately worked out for my good.
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
The Lord has been faithful to me. He has never failed me. Yet I still worry about things. As a child of the Most High, I should be more confident that the Lord loves me and will keep His promises to me. I believe that the Lord wants me to change my mindset, believing and walking in those truths every single day.
“So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:4
Instead of waking up with worries about today, tomorrow and weeks to come, He wants me to wake up feeling confident that He is already at work in my life. He wants me to expect His favor, expect good things, expect blessings and expect miracles.
“for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” Ephesians 5:8
Changing the way I think will change the way I walk and the way that I live. I believe that it will ultimately give me an incredible testimony that will allow me to change more lives by not only sharing the gospel but by demonstrating what it looks like to live by it. He is working in me and through me. He is changing me and it’s quite miraculous.
“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
How humbling it is to know that He loves me so deeply, so personally and so intimately to take the time to mold me into the image of Jesus. It’s uplifting and inspiring to experience this type of divine love. This is the love that He has for all of His children.