This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
Today, I am pondering the question – “What is God’s formula for favor?”
I had this thought as I am encouraging my son to register for a college application bootcamp; he’s a senior in high school this year. I think about all that goes into having a strong college application – good grades, a strong ACT or SAT scores, extra-curricular activities, etc.
We have so many formulas in our society that determine whether or not we will be accepted or denied for something. Sometimes we can transfer this same mindset when trying to determine God’s formula for favor. Sometimes, I can even be guilty of trying to assess who is likely to have God’s favor, and who will fall short.
I have learned that this is something for only God to determine.
When I look to the Scriptures, I look at Moses’ life whom I recently talked about. Moses’ life seemed filled with promise until that one day when he killed a man. If I was living during Moses’ time, I may have written him off from having any more favor with God after he killed a man.
As we know from the Scriptures, God did not write Moses off even after he committed murder.
Consider Peter who denied Christ. He went on to become the Rock of the church.
Furthermore, remember Paul. Paul was a murderer. He killed scores of believers yet he would go on to write a significant portion of the New Testament.
God has his own formula. It is for Him to know. What the Scriptures teach us is that God judges a man’s heart. What I know for sure is that I am not, nor ever will be, equipped to judge a man’s heart as is God.
The Words that I will use to teach me are, “The Lord sees not as man sees, but the Lord looks on the heart, ” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
Tomorrow, let’s talk about how things happened all of a sudden. Please share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.
So today, let’s remember that God is the Judge.
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