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Friday, January 09, 2009

Devotion ~ God's Favor is for Life

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

“His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life.” Psalm 30:5

The other day this verse stood out to me during my Bible reading time and I had to highlight it as I spent the next few days meditating on it. Now I want to share this good news with you.

So many people have this idea of God being some ruling creator who dictates a bunch of stringent rules to make us walk the chalk line or face judgment and the consequences of His anger if we falter. Too many people resist Him thinking they are unworthy and will never be able to please Him or understand Him, much less master his “rules” of life. And so they keep resisting out of ignorance and fear.

That isn’t who God is.

He is a loving Father who has to correct us for our own good, and who has mercy on us out of His abundant love for us. He gave us free will to do as we please, and He has mercy and forgiveness for us. He doesn’t want you to sin because it isn’t good for you and others around you, not because He wants to take pleasure from you.

God’s rules are governing laws so we can all get along and not overstep our boundaries and hurt each other. They keep us out of trouble—mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, etc.

Even if you mess up and do something wrong, God may be angry, but it is only for a moment. Don’t we get angry at loved ones when they do wrong—especially at our children when we’ve taught them better? It is the same way with God. He is our Father. But the anger doesn’t last forever. God isn’t a grudge holder. He’s a forgiver and He expects us to forgive others. It isn’t a sin to be angry either. It’s natural. We are made in God’s likeness and He gets angry, and therefore, so do we. Although, we must learn not to sin in anger, and this may be hard for those who have anger issues.

But His favor is for life! This is good news to me and I hope it is good news to you.

When I looked the word “favor” up in the dictionary, there were twenty definitions that sounded very similar, but the first one stood out to me: something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act.

His children never receive just punishment. We are adopted into His family through Jesus Christ by faith and become children of God. Granted, we may suffer the consequences of some sins, but God has granted us favor and sometimes it isn’t as bad as it could have been. He is just like a father. He gets angry. He corrects. He forgives. He forgets. And life goes on. His favor is for life!