Discouragement hovered over me like a thick fog. My swollen knee was worse not better. We’d just made plans for a trip that involves walking. Would this require surgery like I’d had on my other knee a few years ago?
“Lord, I know you love me. The cross settled that,” I prayed. “But I need some favor today.”
Where do you need God’s favor? Are you stuck in a bad place without power to change? Have bad decisions—even sin—put you in a desperate situation? Perhaps you earned your consequences. Is there any hope God will rescue you?
Grace to Villians
God never ceases to amaze me with the grace He showed some of the worst scoundrels in the Bible including those who never came to saving faith, like King Ahab and Cain. God sent grace when they asked.
After murdering his brother, Cain complained that his punishment was too much. If I’d been God I’d have doubled his sentence for whining. After all, God had tried to talk him out of doing evil before he acted. But God graciously marked Cain so that no one would do to him what Cain had done to Abel. What amazing grace!
Grace Before We Knew Him
Grace is unmerited favor. By definition it goes to those who don’t deserve it. Those who are too prideful to receive it miss its benefits. God blessed Jacob in a dream while he was fleeing after he’d deceived his father Isaac in order to steal the blessing from Esau.
His grace found Tamar after she’d seduced her father-in-law giving her twins and a spot in His Son’s family tree.
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Grace for Today
The morning I asked God for favor, I called my favorite physical therapist. I’d been told the week before it would be weeks before I could see him because he was on vacation. The receptionist put me on hold. When she came back she offered me an 11:15 appointment for that morning! When I left the PT, my knee still hurt, but I felt great. God had shown me favor.
Where do you need God’s favor? Will you bring that need to God and admit you can’t earn it. Ask Him to show you favor today.
Dear Father, I need your favor today. Please help me in _____________. Open my eyes to see You in this situation. Thank You for Your love and grace.
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