Adam hit the ground running in favor: go call every living creature what you will. No experience on the job, no science to follow, but you got this. Moses, tell them to go borrow of his and her neighbour jewels of silver and jewels of gold. and not that you will ever see them again to pay them back after I drown theirs soldiers in the sea, but borrow anyway. Apostles, I’m sending you on a road trip to get your feet wet, and to get you ready to go forth when I leave to go to my Father, and by the way, don’t pack for your needs. We’ll run into it along the way as we need stuff. Jesus says, hey you two, I know this nearby village where you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them unto me: yeah, just loose’em, and bring’em.
You know, this stuff is all through out the Bible from the front to the back. We talk about the righteousness of God so much, and rightfully so, that we overlook some of His elements that make it all right. The Prophets survived their lack by the favor they received for doing right by God.. In the make up of God their is built in favor, and grace for those that will to do right by God. It may be your will button that releases this favor your way. Whatever it is, the will of God just can’t be done without these special elements of God being on the job to aide us as we go. And you just got to know this when you take that first step into la la land on his behalf: every thing is not going to be alright, everything is alright. Have you had a thought to do something, but gave it over to lack of sleep or stress? Sometimes that God can come at you in a way that makes you say…..! It’s not about fair to you to Father, but it is about favor to you from Father. Plus we miss God by placing him in the same operation book of nice society. Father does nothing like nice society. Nice society is of this world, Father does according to his world. He tells us through out scripture that our ways are not his ways. Truth be told, God isn’t going to lead you in the wrong direction, but to assume that you always know his leading, now that is what leads you into the wrong direction.
If Father was more fair to us, we wouldn’t have much because we didn’t do anything to deserve much. Jesus did the favor for us and paid our sin price: so we didn’t do anything, except now believe. So we Christians really don’t want Father to focus on being fair to us: we want Father to continue to pour favor on us. Plus Father’s favor is much better for us than Father’s fairness was: I would already be tired of sacrificing the turtle doves to repent regularly for my sins. Here’s the thing, you never know what’s next, and although we want to claim how well we know God, but it is ourselves that we don’t know. Father has favor for that place in all of us in which fairness would only kill: so let’s be fair as we can, but just know that with Father, it’s all about the favor.
I met this minster from Africa a few years back that understood how the favor of God works, plus his faith was just off the charts. His wife was a school teacher in a small village, and he was in full time ministry in Africa. God told him to come to the United States, and they were able to save enough for the flight over. What do you think about landing in a new country already out of money? He knew this would be the case before leaving, but still came. A member of one of the Hugh churches in Los Angeles picked up on his story, and came to his rescue in a big favor way: Wow! By the time this church finished with him, he was on a flight to Ohio with more than most. I mean, I can just stop right there, and I will. The rest of this story is bigger than this part, but I’ve made my point. If you got the faith, God has the favor to get you there, and back to Africa with supplies that followed. Was it fair for God to send him that way? I don’t know, but I’ll leave it to you to ask Father on your next a-sent-ment. I will take all that favor over fair on any day because it’s just like that, and with God, that’s the way it is: his way. And so what, he may have had a few waiting hours at the airport for what was next, but to have an unbelievable trip, otherwise impossible for him, he’ll take it.
Let me leave you with one of my top three things that I live by:
Exnihilo: that which Father does is not dependent on that which you may have or see.
Father does the body good.