One of the most difficult things about prayer is trusting the favor of God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Sometimes there’s absolutely no explanation for when and how things happen other than the “favor of Him who dwelt in the burning bush.”
May the LORD bless his land….with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness and the favor of Him who dwelt in the burning bush. – Deutoronomy 33:13-16
The Many Dimensions of God’s Favor
I think that’s exactly what Moses had in mind when he pronounced this blessing on Joseph. God’s favor has many dimensions, but the “favor of Him who dwelt in the burning bush” is the kind of favor that enables us to stand before those who would normally stand in opposition to us, yet supernaturally step aside…or sometimes even stand behind us!
It was this same favor that enabled Moses to boldly declare to Pharaoh, “Let my people go!” Sure, Pharaoh opposed him in the beginning….but at the end, he opened the gates and begged the Israelites to leave! Heck…the Egyptians sent them off with gifts of silver and gold and clothes, and Pharaoh even asked Moses to give him a blessing! How else do you explain that kind of change of heart except for the favor of God?
Have you ever experienced this kind of favor; when God intervened on your behalf and blessed you far beyond what you expected? Very often, “these favor moments become our favor-ite memories” (Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”). It’s like God is watching over us, has heard our prayers, and suddenly decides it’s time for Him to answer!Now is the time of God's favor. - 2 Corinthians 6:2 Click To Tweet
Gf….if you haven’t done it already, circle that Scripture right now and pray for God’s favor on your BIG dream. It can be exhausting – emotionally and spiritually – but when everything is said and done, the opposition you encounter is what will increase your persistence quotient; it’s what will galvanize your resolve. In fact, the more opposition we encounter, the harder we have to pray. And the harder we pray, the more miracles God does. What an awesome circle to be caught up in, huh? 😉