"A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, but He will condemn a man who devises evil."
Do you wake up each morning expecting God's favor? One of the most important keys to living at best is discovering how to experience more of God's favor. It is written in the Bible, "God has crowned us with glory and honor." (Psalm 8:5) One often thinks of honor as favor which means to assist and provide special advantages or to receive special treatment. This reminds me that God wants to make our lives easier. He wants to help us, to promote us, and to give us special advantages.
But to experience God's favor we must learn to expect it. We need to expect God's help through our deep faith. We need to believe that God wants to assist us simply because he is our heavenly Father and loves us deeply.
We do not receive favor because of who or what we are. It is not because we are something special due to our own merits. Nor is it because we deserve to be treated in such a way. No, we receive preferential treatment because our Father is the King of kings, and his glory spills forth for all of us automatically.
If we live favor-minded, declaring God's goodness, we will be amazed at how people will go out of there way to help us. They may not even know why they're doing it, but we'll know it is so because God has sent forth His favor for us.
I was once out of work for almost two years. How I made ends meet endlessly is still incomprehensible. I do know that I got up each morning expecting God to take care of my family's needs through favor. I didn't pray for these basic necessities, I just knew God would provide. On one of those summer vacations (yes, God even ensured I kept those in the itinerary), my camper broke on the way to the mountains. We were barely out of the state when the bearings began smoking and soldered to the ring on the axle. I was beyond depressed as money was tight. Somehow I knew God would ensure favor that we'd get on that family trip.
That afternoon, after towing back on only three available wheels, my ex stopped by. Seeing the crushed faces of the boys, he exclaimed, "I'm going to pay for hotel nights so you can go." This was by far so unexpected! Furthermore, after being quoted a price of $900 from Camping World, which I knew was unattainable, my garage mechanic said he could have the axle ground down for a price of $160. "Drop it by next week before you leave," he said, "I'll have it fixed when you return for next years trip.
We were on the road camper-less the following week, but enthralled that we were going nonetheless. I do believe from my heart that we would not have made that trip without expecting God's favor. You, too, can start living more favor-minded. Just expect the favor of God to start showing up in your life always.