God’s favour means when God looks at you in a special way and great thing for you as if you were his favourite person. Examples of this kind of favour include, getting the job you always wanted, getting a promotion, staying healthy, protection for your family, giving you understanding and wisdom concerning different things, life being made easy, and much more. Think of it like the things you have wished for coming true.
He gives you the desires of your heart and also blesses you before you even ask. Many people in the Bible had favour with God, including Gideon, Mary, Elizabeth, Samson, Noah, Lot, Moses, Ruth, Samuel, Abel, Abraham, Jacob and Isaac.
Gideon’s Fleece is a parable of Favour. Dew fell on every side but not on the fleece! Then dew on fell on the fleece but not on the ground. God’s favour on you does not depend on your circumstances.
Genesis 6:6-8 KJV
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found FAVOUR / grace in the eyes of the Lord.
God destroy everyone on Earth, with the exception of Noah AND HIS HOUSE were saved. Favour on you will extend to your children and family. A lot of the favour Jacob received from God was because of Abraham.
In addition, God saved Lot because of Abraham.
Genesis 19:29 KJV
And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
Genesis 18:3-10 KJV
And said, My Lord, if now I have FOUND FAVOUR in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
God’s favour was upon the life of Abraham. He was headhunted, singled out and blessed.
Isaiah 51:1-2 KJV
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
God’s favour brought riches, protection and miracles to Abraham.
Genesis 37:2-4 KJV
These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Coat of many colours – symbol of God’s Favour
The best story in the Bible about favour working in someone’s life is Joseph. Everything started off bad for Joseph. Although he was his father’s favourite son, his brothers hated him. They sold him as a slave. Eventually he wound up at Potiphar’s mansion.
God gave Joseph favour with Potiphar, and so he placed him in charge of the entire estate. Later, Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of rape, and so Joseph was thrown in prison.
Still, Joseph did not let the circumstances get him down. He stayed optimistic. The prison warden put Joseph in control of the prison. There he interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s baker and cupbearer. To the cupbearer, Joseph told him that his dream meant that he would be restored as Pharaoh’s wine taster. Joseph added, “When all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison” (Genesis 40:14).
The cupbearer forgot Joseph. So for another two years Joseph stayed in prison. Eventually the cupbearer remembered Joseph, and through a set of circumstances Joseph became second in charge of Egypt.
You might ask, “Why did Joseph have so much favour with people?” Listen carefully: The reason Joseph had favour with people was because of his magnanimous spirit.
We don’t often hear the word magnanimous but it means a big heart, generous regarding forgiving an insult or injury, free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness.
You see favour does not flow from heaven to others so that they look upon you with kindness. No, favour flows from your spirit to others. If your spirit is wrong and polluted then favour can’t flow from you to others. Favour is not based on luck, but on a big heart.
Genesis 39:2-6 KJV
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and allthat he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
HE NEVER FORGOT GOD
This can be seen in the manner in which he handled the situation with Potiphar’s wife.
Genesis 39:9 KJV
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
Another example of this was when he named his sons.
Genesis 41:50-52 KJV
And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
NO BITTERNESS OR RESENTMENT
Genesis 45:5-8 KJV
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.