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Walking in the Favor of God

Posted Friday, January 27, 2012, at 1:57 PM

"And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him [Gideon]. 'The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!' ... Gideon replied, 'If now I have found favor in your eyes [my Lord], give me a sign that it is really

you talking to me.' "

(Judges 6:12 & 17)

How many of us have asked the Lord for a sign before making a decision? Interestingly enough, Gideon had just encountered the Angel of the Lord. The Angel had just appeared right before him when he then asked for a sign. Exactly what kind of a sign was he looking for? Shouldn't the magnificence of encountering a heavenly angel be enough?

In a society where we are inundated and consumed with televisions, computers, cell phones, kindles, notebooks, etc; sometimes it is difficult to hear the Lord and see the signs He allows us to encounter daily. If we truly want to be a people who walk in God's favor, we must be in tune to His voice ... moment by moment ... second by second.

During these shaky economic times, it is even more prevalent that brothers and sisters in Christ know what it means to walk in the favor of God. Let me share a short story about a man who knew what it meant to hear God's voice and walk in His favor:

There was a man who was in desperate need of a suit (in fact, he had none). One day he heard the Lord tell him to go to a particular store and buy a suit. With a limited budget in mind, the man headed to the department store. Upon his arrival, he asked the salesman where they kept their suits. The salesman replied, "Sorry sir, this is a small department store ... we don't have suits here." So the man decided to peruse up and down the aisles and look around the store. After several minutes of browsing, the man spots a single suit hanging on the rack. Looks snazzy from a distance but what are the odds that this ONE suit would be his size? The man decides to try on the $700 suit and it is a perfect fit! The suit is nicer than he could ever imagine for himself but the price is really, really steep. Although the man had a specific budget in mind, he knew God had called him to the department store and he knew he had the favor of God with him. So by faith, the man takes the one suit to the counter. Why not, so far the odds seem to be in his favor. The salesman (looking puzzled) asked, "Uhhh ... sir? Where did you get this suit? We don't sell suits here." The man shrugged his shoulders and replied, "It was hanging on that rack over there." The salesman, still in a state of confusion said, "Well, it does have a tag. I'll see if it will ring up ... (register beeps). Ooookaaay ... looks like the suit will cost you $230." Man pays and walks off smiling. Salesman stares at the man in bewilderment as he walks away.

How could this man find a suit that shouldn't exist, in his perfect size, that's value is worth $700 and pay only $230? You see, the man knew something the salesman didn't ... he had the favor of God.

This was not simply a coincidence. Everything had to line up perfectly ... the right time, the right size, for the right price! Is the story real? Indeed it is for the man in the story is someone near and dear to my heart and I was with him when it all unfolded.

No doubt, our God is able. He desires to do the miraculous in your life (no matter how big or small). He is able to do more than you could ever think, fathom, or imagine. So I encourage you to harken to the voice of the Lord and begin walking in His favor today. Know when God calls you to it, He will bring you though it. So expect the miraculous with anticipation. This is what it means to walk in the favor of God.

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .

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