What is Favor? Favor is God with us.
Favor is a lot simpler than we often make it, just like grace is simple as well. The hard part about grace is learning how to receive; the struggle with favor is learning how to abide.
In the first chapter of Luke, an Angel appeared to Mary saying, "28 Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." (NASB) There are actually many verses through out the Bible where favor is mention in conjunction with the presence of God in that individuals life. Hints to the fact that favor is not something to do with who we are but who God is.
In the foretelling of the birth of Jesus, favor is spoken over Mary. Favor was not based on something she earned or worked for. Through God's presence in her life, she received favor.
If you can begin to grasp the depth of Grace, you can also understand favor. In the New Testament the word used for Grace is the same word used for favor. The word for Favor in Greek is derived from the word Grace. When a passage says found favor, in the Greek it translates as a benefit of Grace.
Grace is a gift from God we can receive through accepting Jesus, who paid all the wages of sin, which is death. Jesus gave us the gift of eternal life through his death and resurrection. When we accept Jesus we accept grace. Grace is not earned, it is not obtained through working, and it is not something you deserve. It is a free gift from God you receive.
If you were to throw yourself a birthday party and I was invited and said I was going. When I arrived at the party, I brought with me a gift for you. Would you accept the gift but then try to pay for it? A gift is something given to you and is paid for by someone else. I brought to you a gift for your birthday; all you have to do is receive the gift. It is already yours; I put your name on it.
I was listening to a sermon by Brian Houston, Pastor of Hillsong, His message was entitled No other Name, and it is on Vimeo (you should watch it). Anyhow, he told a story to illustrate the power of someone's name. He spoke about how because of his name his daughter was able to gain access to the reserve Airport Lounge even though she was not flying on that Airline. Due to the fact that He was a member his daughter was able to have access through him.
It is through Jesus we have access to the Father, it is through Jesus we have found Favor with God and Man. Jesus spent time with the Father; He grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Favor is much of the same nature as Grace; it is a gift that we receive because God is with us. God's presence in our lives is Favor.
Favor did not appear for the first time in the New Testament, there are in fact many stories of favor in the Old Testament. They are stories of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Gideon, David and many more all received favor.
In 1 Samuel 18:14, "In everything he did he found great success because the Lord was with him." The verse is speaking of David; he had favor because the Lord was with him. We have favor because the Lord is with us.
Favor is not based on merit. It is not something you earn. You receive favor, because the Lord is with you.