Tuesday, April 23, 2019

God's Favorites?

It’s true! God has favorites!
It’s also true that He offers all of us the opportunity to become one of His favorites. And, it’s not that difficult, either. “Good people,” wrote Solomon, “obtain favor from the Lord.” It’s rather obvious that those who want “His favor,” as well as those who receive “His favor” are those who are “good people.”
Since most of us have our own definition of “good,” it is important to understand God’s definition of “good.” If we know His definition of “good,” we then have a choice: we can either meet His requirements and receive “His favor” or decide that “His favor” is not worth the effort.
Throughout the Old Testament “good people” are the ones who are motivated by a Godly-love to do Godly-things. They willingly set their own needs and desires to the side while they serve the needs of others. Doing “God-things” is the driving force in their lives. The “good” are those who are able and willing when they see someone in need, to do something about it - even if it means they willingly sacrifice something. The “good” are those who work with God to bring honor to His name when one of His children is being treated unfairly or unjustly, is in need or is suffering. The “good” are those who follow the examples of Jesus: His life was about doing “good.” The “good” have God’s “seal of approval” on their lives.
“Those who devise wicked schemes” are the opposite of the “good people.” Their lives are about self, not sacrifice; their “schemes” are unfair, unjust, unholy; they lack decency, honesty, integrity or kindness. God’s wrath awaits them. Live well, and receive God’s favor!
Prayer: Lord, convict me, challenge me, discipline me, and burden me through Your Holy Spirit, until I become one of Your “good people.” And revive Your favor! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 12:2 Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes. 

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