“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.”Genesis 8:1 NIV
I love the underlined phrase so much. But I read it differently, “But God remembered Larry.” I don’t think God has ever forgotten about you, to the extent that he needs to remember you. But rather the word remember here is used in the context of favour.
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Genesis 6:8 NIV
Again I read it as “But Larry found favour in the eyes of God.”
I’m sure you’re wondering what you need to find favour in the eyes of God. Well it’s simple;
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV
The day you accepted Christ as your Lord and personal saviour was the day you found favour in the eyes of God. You are no longer one of the masses God protects out of his sovereign love. But you are a follower of Christ hence a child of God hence you have that favour.
So the next question is why can’t I experience that favour;
1. Have you accepted Christ, if not just say this prayer. ” Lord Jesus, come into my life and reign supreme. I confess all my sins to you and I pray you accept me into your kingdom. In Jesus mighty name I’ve prayed….. Amen” .
2. Are you living a righteous life? Given that we can’t live a life that is completely righteous, there are certain things we do that we know are wrong in the sight of God. “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”” .
Genesis 4:6-7 NIV
This should make you realise that God wants us to live sin free lives.
3. Now if you have accepted Christ and you can’t put your finger on any particular thing that would make you loose favour in God’s eyes then it’s either you have not allowed him to work in you or it’s because you’ve not exercised that favour. To exercise that favour, you have to ask God and trust that he would do it. I know trusting is sometimes hard because the reality on the ground is far from what you want/need. But that’s the point of faith 😜. To allow him to work in you, relinquish control to God and stop trying to be a co-pilot.
If there is nothing you pick from this, know this …. “God’s favour is sufficient “