God Has Set a Time to Favor You
“You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.” Ps 102:13 NIV
All of your life can be training for one season, one God-given assignment, one purpose. You may determine the number of years required to graduate from college with your degree. You may know the amount of effort and the approximate timeline required to rise to the top of your profession. But when it comes to experiencing the favor of God, He sets the time. “But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever…You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come” (vv. 12-13 NIV). One moment of God’s favor will do more for you than a lifetime of striving. In his book Still Standing: 8 Winning Strategies for Facing Tough Times, Dr. James Merritt writes: “In a meeting that took less than twenty minutes, Pharaoh made Joseph prime minister of the entire country—second in authority only to him! Pharaoh’s act catapulted Joseph from the pit to the palace. God works, in hindsight, through a beautiful story arc. His way of getting Joseph to the palace was through the pit and the prison. As with Joseph, what we so often see as stumbling blocks are really stepping stones God uses to accomplish His plan and fulfill His purpose in our lives.” It’s your obedience to God that brings His favor, and your faithfulness in difficult times: “For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.” So be faithful and press on; God has set a time to favor you!