"I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at my word." Isaiah 66:2
God’s favor is something that everyone seeks. The prosperity gospel movement has distorted the word "favor", partly due to a manipulation of the concept of the “favor” of God. In the natural, materialistic realm, the favor of God includes materialistic things, such as riches, relationships, and other various effects that are basically perishable. God’s favor isn’t earned by “declaring” things, but to earn favor takes participation, and favor is a result of God’s grace and mercy. Favor is about servant-hood. Isaiah explains it clearly in Isaiah 66:2.
What kind of servant does God require us to be? We find the answer here in the book of Isaiah. First off, God requires humility. To be humble helps us see ourselves in the light of needing a Savior, and we also see God’s amazing love despite ourselves. When we are humble, what Jesus did on the cross has true meaning because we know how truly wretched we are, and yet, we see how blessed we are to be God’s children.
A true servant of God also must be submissive in spirit. We must be obedient and submissive to God even when it is difficult. Sometimes that requires forgiveness we don’t want to give; other times we leave our current comforts for a step of faith. To be submissive in spirit means time spent in prayer asking God how we can faithfully serve Him and acting even when it is uncomfortable.
Finally, a true servant of God will tremble at His Word. We must take the commands of Scripture seriously. We can’t cookie-cut Scripture to meet or earthly preferences...there are eternal consequences in trying to twist God’s word to meet our corrupted needs. We must be students of the Word, and we must abide by it.
Our walk isn’t easy, sisters, but it is worth it. To seek God’s favor means to seek humility, submission, and knowledge. As we grow, we grow closer to Him. That, sisters, is the blessed life.
God, I pray that You would help me by Your Spirit to be humble, submissive, and have a deep respect for Your Word. I want to know You, Father, and I want to continually serve You and grow closer to You. Thank You for daily blessing me with mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
What does favor mean to you? Examine your current walk with the Lord. Are you walking in humility, submission, and in the Word?