The Favour of God

Day 10

Prayer for the day

Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding, according to your word. Let my supplication come before you; deliver me, according to your promise.

Scripture for the day

Genesis 25-26, Matthew 8:1-17

The healing verses in Matthew and God’s choice of Isaac make one thing very clear: the blessing of God is no respecter of persons. In the story of Isaac, our hero doesn’t really come off as much of a hero. In fact, he seems like a self-serving coward, and his blessed son, Jacob, doesn’t appear much better. He’s a schemer, a liar, and a thief.

In Matthew, Jesus heals. He heals a leper. He heals the daughter of a Roman Centurion. And he heals Peter’s mother-in-law. Can you imagine three less-liked people in all the world? A leper, a Roman, and a mother-in-law?!? Yet Jesus heals each of them. Some express faith, some do not. But in each account, the power of God is manifest.

Who is this God who chooses to bless the strange, the outcast, the schemer, the liar, and the bizarre?

In these passages we see the fierce and untamed mercy of God, the mercy that reaches beyond the barriers we erect, beyond our societal status, beyond our goodness or evilness, beyond our worthiness or unworthiness, and favours us. In these passages, we see God doing what God does best: pouring out blessing upon blessing. We cannot predict the blessing or the favour, we cannot assign it or endear ourselves to God for it. The sole response we have in the face of God’s choice to bless and favour those he blesses and favours is gratitude for the good gift of a good God.

God has blessed you. I know it. I know you don’t deserve it. You know it too. I don’t deserve it either.

Thanks be to God!

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One thought on “The Favour of God

  1. that’s like the passage we just read in Matthew… well i say we, i mean me, you did this in January.
    matthew 5:45- sun on the evil and the good, rain on the just and the unjust. both are needed for life to grow and God does not deny either to either. if we are to be like God we cannot deny the love God commands us to give. God healed those who needed healing.

    one question. in chapter 26, when God reiterates the blessing for Issac, and contextualizes it for him specifically, God says in 5 it’s because Abraham obeyed his voice, and took care of the responsibilities God gave him, kept God’s commandments, Kept his statutes and laws. doesn’t that mean then on some level God’s blessing is tied to our obedience? i mean, abraham’s half of the covenant was the circumcision and the heart following that it represented.

    When he (Abraham) lied to protect his life at the hands of those who would perhaps have killed him to take his wife, he was enriched. When Issac told the same lie he was protected and enriched…

    maybe i am confusing the different topics. i mean, there is obedience and there is worthiness, there is righteousness and there is God’s favor. I know it says that Abraham’s faith was counted to him as righteousness. but was God’s goodness towards abraham and consequently issac and currently us contingent upon Abraham’s righteousness? i guess not. i know in my heart that it is not a 1-1 equation. Jesus is not santa clause, we are not in a position to bargain with God with our righteousness. God bargained with Abraham for the city of sodom, and during the negotiations Abraham was fully aware of his position via God. He bargained with the only chip he had- an understanding of God’s character.

    I know you know i don’t deserve God’s blessing. and i know you know i know i don’t deserve it. and i am thankful for it… there are times i regret not being more thankful, not demonstrating my thankfulness.

    God would be God whether i believed in him or not. whether i served him or not. Would I be as blessed? i guess i’m still working out what being blessed means. i have no lands. i have no kids. i have health, a car, a job a roof over my head, clothes on my back, consumer electronics, friends i can talk to, Opportunities to serve, creation to enjoy, a heart that is healing. i look forward to learning more about what exactly it is God has blessed me with and why, and what my response should be. i remember you saying that God blesses us so that we may bless others. i guess i am looking forward to that.

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