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Genesis 39:12-13

When I was a little boy, I would listen to the old mothers of the church as they would speak in what was called “testimony service,” and they would all make the same statement over and over again. They would say, “God is a good God, God is a good God.” There was also a song that someone wrote – I don’t actually know if it was written by anyone as much as it came out of the spirit of those old saints. They would sing the song, “God is a good God,” and the response from the audience would be, “Yes, He is.” The fact of the matter is that God is a good God, and He’s good all the time. As believers none of us can really document a time when God has not been good to us.

A season is an appointed time, and this is God’s appointed time for favor over your life. For many of you this may seem like a dichotomous statement in light of all you have gone through of late. But I believe this is your season for God’s favor in your life.

To understand the favor of God you need to see Him as a “God of covenant.” A covenant is an agreement or promise; it is the unchanging God who remains faithful to His Word. Because God is Jehovah – the self-existent One Who in Himself possesses essential life, and permanent existence, and can do whatever He wants to do, and we can take Him at His Word. To appreciate God’s favor in your life, you need to understand His grace. Grace has to do with God’s unmerited favor, and forgiving mercy, as gratuitous and opposed to merit. Grace is God’s kindness, goodness, benevolence and favor on your life. Numbers 6:25 says, “The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and gracious unto you.” God’s favor means that you are blessed! (Ephesians 1:3). God’s favor suggests that He is faithful, you can depend on Him, He is trustworthy and does not disappoint.

It is time for you to begin to walk in the favor of God for you and your family. The Word of God (Proverbs 18:21) declares that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Begin to confess God’s favor over your life, your dreams, goals, vision, career and family. In Genesis cp. 12, Abraham is promised God’s favor for his obedience. Obedience to God will unlock His favor in your life.

The story of Joseph teaches us that God’s favor will be with you even when your situation seems hopeless. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, etc. But the text says:

  1. The Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy. Please take solace in the fact that God is with you, even when it doesn’t appear that He is. He said He would never leave you nor forsake you! Joseph was in a foreign land in a foreign prison, but the text said that “God was with him!” What a word of comfort and assurance. The Lord showed him mercy; that is, God demonstrated goodness, kindness, and compassion while he was in prison. The next line in verse 21 blesses me in light of Joseph’s situation. It says God gave him favor. Remember, God allowed Joseph to be in Egypt, and to go through what he went through so that God could manifest his season of favor not only for Joseph but also for his entire family. Joseph was put in charge of all the prisoners, that whatever they did there, it was his doing. God will bless you and show you favor at your deepest point of need.

  2. The Lord made Joseph prosper in whatever he did. Joseph had so much favor on his life that the keeper of the prison gave Joseph free reign to do whatever he wanted. God was with Joseph! When God is with you, He will give you favor in the most incongruous of ways. I pray we all be as Joseph – whatever he did the LORD made it prosper!

Thank God for favor.

Reverend Reggie C. Witherspoon, Sr.


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