Favor. Such a small word but packed with so much power.
It’s not something we think much of, using it carelessly. We tend to think of favor as nothing special. We say things like, “Hey, will you do me a favor? Reach that can on the top shelf for me!” or “I need a favor; can you babysit for me tonight?”
Psalms 145:8 says that the, “Lord is merciful and gracious and full of compassion”. The Hebrew translation of compassion is “disposed to show favors!”
The Amplified version of Genesis 12:1-2 says, “I will bless you with an abundant increase in FAVORS”.
The Bible also says that we are surrounded by the favor of God. Expect that! Speak it. Realize “you’re all that” when it comes to FAVOR because God makes you all that! You have something that raises you above the ordinariness of the world.
I first learned about favor from a minister named Jerry Savelle. He once taught on the benefits of the favor of God on your life. Here are 10 incidents of favor on people from the Bible. There are more but start here to get understanding:
Favor produces supernatural increase and promotion.
“But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Gen. 39:21).
Favor produces restoration of everything that the enemy has stolen from you.
“And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty” (Ex. 3:21).
Favor produces honor in the midst of your adversaries.
“And the lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people” (Ex 11:3).
Favor produces increased assets, especially in the area of real estate.
“And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord, possess thou the west and the south” (Deut. 33:23).
Favor produces great victories in the midst of great impossibilities.
“For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses” (Josh. 11:20).
Favor produces recognition, even when you seem the least likely to receive it.
“And, Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight” (1 Sam. 16:22).
Favor produces prominence and preferential treatment.
“And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Est. 2:17).
Favor produces petitions granted even by ungodly civil authorities.
“If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath said” (Est. 5:8).
Favor causes policies, rules, regulations and laws, to be changed and reversed to your advantage.
“And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son, of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces” (Est. 8:5).
Favor produces battles won which you won’t even fight because God will fight them for you.
“For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them” (Ps. 44:3).