Running From God’s Favor

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” – Ephesians 1:11 

 Over the past three days, we have looked at the consequences that come when you choose to run from God. You are not only running from the request He asks of you, but you are running from His presence, His calling, and His protection. But there is one more thing you should know: you are also running from His favor. 

 Ephesians 1:11 tells us, In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  

 As a follower of Christ, God has chosen you. You were predestined from before time began to live out a special plan and purpose He intended for you. This is the calling of God. When you follow that calling, you will experience God’s presence and protection. But you have one more thing others do not have access to, and that is God’s favor.  

 When you are favored by God, you can know that what you are doing will succeed, that is, as long as you are living in obedience to His perfect will. Many people make their own plans. They devise schemes and strategize about what they are going to do in their career, in their business, and in pursuit of a relationship.  

 But then obstacles come against them. They get a bad break. Their plans fall apart. But when you are favored by God, He works all things for your good. Romans 8:28 promises us this, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  

 When you are obedient to God, you have access to resources others don’t. They might have money, connections, and manpower. But you have the power of God. When you have God’s presence and protection in pursuit of God’s calling, you then have God’s favor. 

 When you have all of this, nothing can stand in your way or oppose you. But understand this, when you run from God, you run from all of it. The next time God challenges you with something that might initially seem uncomfortable, will you run from Him? Will you run from God’s favor?   

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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