I got three bucks in ten days of hunting, and never shot one of them. When the blam-blam started, the deer must have all left my woods. Apart from seeing one little doe, I had no game come in range of my posts. Yet I have the unfair advantage. God favors me. Through others, he gave me three bucks to fill the freezer anyway.
What does it mean to have God’s favor?
God favored Noah (Genesis 6:8-10). The Lord had plotted the death of all the people of the world, yet He decided to save Noah. This man Noah had the unfair advantage: God was on His side. Now, if we were reading the Bible as small men, we might think that God plays favorites. Think of it: He favored Abel over Cain, right? And what about that whole deal with Enoch just disappearing like that?
God does not play favorites
Noah did not receive God’s grace and favor because of some whim. God approved of Noah’s life. The man was doing it right, living honest, working hard, raising a family, encouraging his wife, and telling others about the Creator. God favored Noah much the same way you favor your child who cleans the room without being told, or the co-worker who picks up the slack when you are swamped. Having the unfair advantage does not mean we always win, but that we always have the Winner as our coach.
Humbly accept God’s favor
When God treats you as special ahead of others, do not raise your head above them or begin to look down on them. Sure the people of the world deserved punishment, but Noah did not laugh; he warned. He did not sneer; he wept. He did not put them down; he preached.
When God advances you at work, continue to respect your co-workers as you always have. If you think God plays favorites, you will take His generosity for granted. If you realize that God is devoted only to those who are devoted to Him, you will continue to walk humbly before Him and others. You have unfair advantage in your health, your business, your finances, and your home. Do not waste God’s favor, live worthy of it.