Favor is God’s graciousness extended to us; grace is His undeserved favor. We are saved from sin and given new life through God’s grace, not our own efforts (Ephesians 2:8-10); and we walk in our new life in Christ through grace and faith (Colossians 2:6-7).
In this coming year of change, we will be given favor and grace to be flexible, adjust, and thrive amidst various changes. Change in and of itself is not necessarily something to be feared or avoided, for the Lord Himself said, “Behold, I will do something new; now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?” (Isaiah 43:19) and “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
Jesus Proclaimed the Favorable Year
Jesus proclaimed the favorable year of the Lord. At the synagogue in Nazareth, the town where He grew up, He read from Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Then He added, to the astonishment of His listeners, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:16-21).
Likewise, in our own day, God is bringing prophecies to pass before our eyes as creation ramps up for the second return of Christ. He is speaking. Are we listening? He is doing something new. Will we take notice?
God spoke to Isaiah and to us about His favor: “In My favor I have had compassion on you” (Isaiah 60:10), and “In a favorable time I have answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you” (Isaiah 49:8). Paul exhorts us to receive God’s grace, quoting this very Scripture then adding, “Behold, NOW is the acceptable(favorable) time; NOW is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).
The Lord wants to extend His favor and grace to you in His NOW time! For those who have seen God as a harsh judge instead of a loving Father, He has a special blessing of healing and freedom awaiting you. It is yours – claim and receive it!
The Psalms speak of times of favor to see answered prayer. David said, “My prayer is to You, oh Lord, at an acceptable (or favorable) time” (Psalm 69:13). He also urged in Psalm 32:6, “Let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found” (at an acceptable, or favorable time; literally, “in a time of finding out”).
He is both a revealer of mysteries (Daniel 2:29, 47), and a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). God allows Himself to be found by us (2 Chronicles 15:4, 15). He wants to visit His people (Luke 1:68) with favor and grace, and inhabit our lives with His Holy Spirit (John 3:34).
– Carol Kelly
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