God’s Favor instills courage and confidence. There is no greater blessing than experiencing God’s favor on your life and leadership. It’s a grace thing. You don’t earn or deserve God’s favor; however it is associated with obedience. When we align ourselves with the work God is doing around us and respond in faith to the opportunities that come our way, we will often see God’s favor bless our efforts.
As Christian leaders, we should be praying for and seeking God’s favor on our leadership and the organization we lead. True and lasting success is the result of God’s work in and through us and not in the outcomes we produce in our own strength. It takes humility to seek God’s favor. We are His vessels to use how He sees fit to use us. We are clay in the Potter’s hands. When we experience God’s favor, we will find ourselves doing things we never dreamed possible. After the death of Moses, Joshua had a huge responsibility (and opportunity) land on his shoulders, and he had God’s favor.
The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses”…That day the Lord made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses. (Joshua 3:7; 4:14 NLT)
God’s favor is the deal maker. Victory is guaranteed. Those you lead will respond with confidence and security in your leadership because they see your confidence in God. Always commit to being obedient to God’s leading and purpose. When Peter walked on the water, he had God’s favor but when he took his eyes off Jesus and tried to do it in his own strength, he started to sink. Look beyond your own ability to what God can do through you. It’s not natural, it’s super natural.
In Joshua’s life and leadership, God’s favor was bestowed on him following years of faithful service. It didn’t happen by default. God had been grooming and preparing Joshua under Moses for more than 40 years before He promoted him as the leader of the Israelites. God’s purpose and timing are foundational to His blessings on our leadership. When we submit to His process in our lives, learn, grow and depend on Him for our every step, then we are in the God’s favor zone.
One final thought: this not a formula to be followed. Desiring God’s favor is an attitude of submission and obedience as we seek God’s grace and blessing on our efforts for His glory. It has to be about Him and not about ourselves. Humbly seek God’s favor on your leadership today.
“Have thy tools ready, God will find thee work.” ~ Charles Kingsley