July 31: Favor

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

(Psalm 90:17 ESV)

What do you think of when you consider the favor of the Lord? Is it money? Fame? Maybe it is just a healthy family or to have a simple, quiet life free from much hardship. God’s favor has been defined in hundreds of thousands of ways by His people over the years. His favor means rain to some cultures and it means wealth to others. That is the problem. You see, our many definitions of the favor of God demonstrate that we are placing our own standards on His good gifts. We are measuring their goodness through our own, very human lens. We want to establish what it will look like. We want to put fourth all of the work by our own volition and say, okay God, I did what I needed to do, now you bless it. Christian, it is time we allow God to give us what He deems favorable. It is time we begin asking Him to guide our hands, not in the way we might prefer, but to further His will alone. That favor may look like physical blessing, but more likely and more importantly, it will look like spiritual rightness with Him.

Lord, I want your favor, and I want it to look like you. I want to want what you want and for my hands to be guided by your goodness. Help me have spiritual favor with you, oh King. I love you, Jesus.

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