Obtaining God’s favour

February 23rd, 2010

Proverbs 12:2 says, “A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man”.
Dictionary.com defines favour in a number of ways…

  1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favour.
  2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
  3. the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favour.
  4. excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
  5. a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.

These definitions give us a good understanding of what favour is. It is about having a good standing with someone and receiving positive benefits as a result.

Today’s verse talks about having favour with God. How do we obtain it? The first part tells us that we obtain God’s favour by being a good person.

How does the Bible define a good person? Generally speaking it is someone who loves and is in relationship with God, a person who follows His decrees and someone who treats others well.

Compare this to a crafty person on Dictionary.com – “skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly”. When you read that definition you can see why the Lord condemns a crafty person.

So if you want favour with God, live your life in the way God intends. Love Him, follow His decrees and treat others well.

God Bless,

Dave