But I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Psalm 69:13
The favor of God is often elusive to some people. The very fact that you are saved by God means you have favor with Him.
In the New Testament in Ephesians 5:10 it say to “find out what pleases the Lord.” How is this different than favor? In the Psalms passage, it’s clear that His favor is His salvation. Pleasing God is another matter altogether. It may seem like I’m “splitting hairs” but I’m not. In this context favor is eternal; whereas pleasing God is a daily pursuit.
Think of it in a parent-child relationship. Parents love their children. No matter what the child does, the parent will love the child. Now, does the child always please the parent? Absolutely not. But loving the child despite the child’s behavior is the only option for the parent. Sometimes he’s good and the parent smiles. Sometimes he’s bad, and the parent frowns.
Rejoice today that despite our sin and lawlessness, God had favor with us and saw fit to save us from ourselves!