Psalm 30:5 – For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 84:11 – For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
If you read the previous update by Courtney, you’ll know that our situation has changed somewhat drastically for the better just this past week. We felt God’s call to northern Michigan, and were unable to find jobs to provide for the move for over three months. But suddenly, through some “coincidental” events, we both have jobs. In fact, we have had much favor with these jobs. For instance, I (Justin) was hired directly to my position from outside the company – something the company does not normally do. The job has great hours, great bosses, and better pay than most other job options. It also is a full-time job, year-round, in a tourist town that is usually very slow in the winter. The person who referred me to the job said that it was ‘ridiculous favor’, being hired into my position the way I was.
We’re praying for a place to rent, and right now we’re staying in a motel. But where we’re at is a ridiculous deal, clean, with a microwave and fridge, and has many little ‘favor’ things built into it.
We’re not special. God doesn’t like us more than He likes you, or vice versa. God doesn’t show favoritism (Acts 10:34-35) but loves us all the same. As Psalm 84:11 said, the Lord won’t withhold good from you if you’re seeking Him. You are just as entitled to God’s favor as we are.
It doesn’t matter what situation you are in, if we are His children, we receive His favor. Don’t get discouraged if the situation is rough and it seems like nothing is working out, our situation felt that way for…oh, about 3 months. There were points where we wondered if God would ever give us favor in a job, place, etc., but He is faithful. Sometimes you just have to reach out in faith and claim those blessings – I encourage you to research the blessings promised to us as co-heirs with Christ; children of Father God. Trust in God’s timing, and His promise to bless you more than you can imagine.
The BOTTOM LINE: God favors you. Expect the blessings, but remember (and seek) who it comes from.