It’s the time of the year again. A time to give thanks for the year gone by, and to look ahead for the one to come.
A time to feel honoured, appreciated, and loved. By family, friends, girlfriends, colleagues, and even some close fellow bloggers with whom I’ve recently had the pleasure of hanging out with (mostly online of course).
There was a leisurely brunch, a birthday cake (a slice, rather!), a romantic dinner (with hubby), and many many blessings.
One particularly poignant one came from a close girlfriend. She said this:
You are blessed and highly favoured.
Somehow the words ‘highly favoured’ stuck in my head. And it made me realise that indeed! Yes, I am! In a position of favour with God!
Doesn’t matter that I don’t feel worthy most days of this. It’s not dependent on what I think or how I feel.
It’s dependent on what the Word of truth says.
So I did a search on the keyword and came up with a few verses:
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man. ~Luke 2:52
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good success in the sight of God and man. ~Prov 3:3-4
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favour, but evil comes to him who searches for it. ~Prov 11:27
According to these verses, there are a few things that we actually need to do, to find favour with God, and man. Such as diligently seek good, keep his word in our hearts, and in the context of the first verse, be submissive to (in other words, honour) our parents.
I guess it’s pretty obvious what my response should be. (I’m pretty sure he didn’t grant me favour so that I can simply bask in the joy of knowing that.)
It is to keep doing good in whatever situation I’m in.
It is to keep my ears and heart open to His word.
It is to honour my parents. (Something I don’t think about enough.)
I’m indeed blessed to have friends who speak such words of life and truth to me. At the start of a new and fresh year, I am definitely looking forward to what lies ahead, knowing that I enjoy the favour of God, and that I’m able to share that too with others around me.