Morning by Morning, November 2 - Finding the Favor of God
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Embrace me in Your arms and lead me by my heart in our communion of prayer -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God. ...
"But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord" (Genesis 6:2).
Favor was not lost and needing to be found. No, when Noah found favor in Your sight, he began to realize Your favor was upon his life. It was a time of deep darkness when "the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth" (v. 6:5). But in the midst of the chaos and confusion, the darkness and degradation, You found one who had the heart of "a righteous man" and who "walked with God" (Genesis 6:9).
Lord Jesus, You said long ago, "For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.... Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour" (Matthew 24:37-44). One day You'll come again in Your glory in the sky (1 Thessalonians 4:16). But everyday between now and then, You want to come in Your glory into our hearts (Colossians 1:27).
Come into my heart every day, Lord Jesus. Fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit and embrace me always in the arms of my Father (Ephesians 5:18). To find favor in Your sight is to embrace Your Spirit in my heart. "He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee" -- a guarantee that whatever we go through in this broken fallen world, no matter how dark it may get before the dawn, You are with us and Your favor is upon us (2 Corinthians 5:5). By the "Holy Spirit of God" we are "marked with a seal for the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30).
The ancient, prophetic words of Isaiah are being fulfilled in our day: "For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;" but at the same time, for all who have found favor in Your sight, You call us to "Arise, shine; for (our) light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon (us)!" (Isaiah 60:1-2) In the midst of the darkness, even if it grows to be as dark as in the days of Noah, we will "lift up (our) eyes," we will "see and be radiant," and "(our) heart shall thrill and rejoice!" (Isaiah 60:4-5)
"For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround (them) as with a shield" (Psalm 5:12 NKJV). And it's by the mercies of God and the sacrifice of Christ alone, that we are forever righteous in Your sight with Your favor upon our lives (2 Corinthians 5:21). You are our Favor; and the power of Your steadfast love that never ceases, we are forever found in You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will find favor with God, knowing He is your Favor upon your life, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, I'm excited to be sharing a message Hope and Healing with Max Lucado this Wednesday Night, Nov 4, at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Please come join us for the First Wednesday Worship and Healing Service. Our Rapha God Ministries team will be jointing the Oak Hills Church Prayer Team to offer personal prayer ministry for everyone. All are welcome!