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Undeserving Favor

Hello loves! Welcome back to my blog and welcome if this is your first time here or reading any of my blog posts. Today, I want to discuss God’s undeserving favor. Have you ever acted ugly, didn’t trust God like you should, or blatantly went against his plan? But, then God showed you grace, mercy, and FAVOR by providing a miracle or answering your prayers!

Well let me tell you I can testify that he has recently shown me some undeserved favor! By all means, you know I am not holier than thou. I curse, think mean things sometimes, and sin, nonetheless I am a Christian. There is no perfect Christian, no holier than thou way. I share my testimony to help another along the way. To let them know you’re not alone, to give hope, inspiration, and encouragement. You see, I was so frustrated with God’s plan and pretty much mad at him for not helping me. After all I had done to try to help others, putting others before myself, helping people when I could barely help myself, that when I was down and out I felt like no one was helping me, not even him. I thought God abandoned me and didn’t recognize all the hard work I was doing.

I wondered, why did it seem like people who didn’t deserve his favor receive it? Why are the people who do the wrong things or treat people badly more blessed than those with good hearts and always striving to please him? Unfortunately, I became so frustrated that I didn’t pray like I should for a few days. I would still talk to him as I normally would, but I would more so cry, vent, and voice to him how I felt inside. But, all I could hear was a little faint voice telling me to open the word of God and read. Hesitant to even read the word or continue talking to him, thinking He would never forgive me, I knew it was the devil trying to place those negative thoughts in my mind. No matter how I frustrated I was, I couldn’t help but to turn to my bible and just start reading. I knew I was wrong, but that God still loved and forgave me. I’m glad I read my bible and turned to Him because it gave me perspective, comfort, satisfaction, and relief.  A few days went by and things started to turn around for me. Not to mention, God had blessed me and showed me undeserved favor by answering one of my prayers! I was so surprised He blessed me at all, because I told Him how I upset I was with Him and His plan for me, but then He  did the opposite and showed me favor.

Why am I telling you all of this? I’m telling you all of this to say that if you’re mad at God or frustrated with his plan I get it and understand. People I thought were the most spiritual and holy have experienced this same feeling, so you’re not alone. I know it’s hard when you’re overwhelmed and stuck, waiting on the Lord to answer your prayers or provide a miracle or blessing. I know what it feels like when you believe you’re doing everything right and still nothing is happening. It makes you want to give up. You may get so frustrated with yourself and even God, but I’m here to tell you to hold on. A breakthrough is coming and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I was complaining  about the wrong people being blessed and shown favor when that wrong person turned out to be me. After God showed me favor I realized that none of us actually deserve it. We all sin and he’s aware of that, but what makes me more worthy of favor than anyone else? Why did I think I was better or felt entitled to his favor? I was and am no better than anyone else he shows favor to. There is no strategy to favor. God doesn’t say, hey I’m only going to show favor to those that honor and obey me the most. It just doesn’t work like that. God doesn’t have to show us favor and when he does it’s a privilege. God blesses and shows favor to people because of his own will. You may receive some of his favor for your good deeds, merit, and obedience to Him, but it doesn’t always work that way. It’s not just a give and take relationship. I now know that God blesses us to work through us, to be a blessing to someone else, to help us fulfill our purpose, to share our testimony with others. I realized that if I want to continue to be in his favor I have to above all, trust him.

Trust God with his plan for your life, and when it’s hard, ask him for wisdom to understand and accept it. Humble yourself before him and don’t just seek him out for his blessings, but as your Lord and Savior. Loving him for who he is, will change your mind, heart, and soul for the better.

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

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