The Favor of God
“And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” Exodus 33:17-19
I had a Geometry teacher in high school who had the face of a Drill Sargent. He looked mad all the time, although looking back, I don’t believe he was always upset. I remember going to his desk to ask him a question, and it seemed like fire would come out of his mouth, although I think it was a severe case of coffee breath. I had some classmates who were too scared to ask him anything, but I had little choice as I had many questions in my Geometry class.
I am not sure why, but he took a liking to me and was always kind to me. He patiently answered my questions even though I should have paid better attention in class. He thought I came from an urban neighborhood, even though we lived in a fairly nice suburb neighborhood. I am not sure if this is why he treated me nicely, but I took a teacher’s kindness whenever I could get it. This was a rare occurrence for me, so I was taken aback when the meanest teacher in school was kind.
I was a mess my senior year and antagonistic in many ways to some of my classmates. I was miserable as I had not kept my commitments I had made to God that previous summer. I sought my own way and gave our senior sponsor teacher a really hard time. Our senior sponsor was the son-in-law of my Geometry teacher, so he sought his help in reigning me in. One day my Geometry teacher took me out to lunch, hoping to get some insight into what made me tick. He said some kind words to me, and I remember them to this day. I appreciated that he took me out, but irritated that his son-in-law did not take me out himself. Nonetheless, I got a free Big Mac meal and a new respect for my Geometry teacher.
Some of my friends could not understand why he was nice to me, and to tell you the truth, I did not understand it either. I was a terrible student and really did not offer him much, but I will never forget how he treated me and showed me grace when I certainly did not deserve it. I ended up passing Geometry with a solid C, but he passed the Saso test with a solid A. I still think of him from time to time and shake my head with disbelief as to why he was so gracious to me. He made quite the impression on me, and I will never look at Geometry the same way.
I had found grace in the sight of an teacher, but Moses found grace in the sight of almighty God. He was a friend of God and he spoke to Him as one speaks to a friend. God knew Moses intimately and showed him favor. There is nothing greater than having the favor of God. The test of life is much more complicated than Geometry, and God’s mercy and grace makes all the difference in one’s life. But how do we get this grace? James 4:6 tells us, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.“
How are you living today? Are you living with God’s grace and mercy? Do you proclaim you are a self-made person? Are you trying to live life on your own or are you asking God for His help? God will give grace - His divine help - if we are humble, but He will resist us if we are proud. Do you desire to see His glory or are you only interested in your own glory? May we seek God’s grace and favor in all things, and may we never forget that without Him we can do nothing. Luke 1:37 states, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Will you ask Him for His favor, and will you praise Him when He gives it to you?
Stay in the fight!