There used to be a time my faith didn’t match my favor. I would hear God say He’ll provide (favor) but I’ll look at my empty checking account and handle things my way (check advances, not faith). God never allowed us to go to bed hungry (favor) but I’ll look at the empty refrigerator and do things my way (writing a bad check, not faith). God would say, put in the application (favor) and I’ll look at my resume and refuse. This was because my faith was never in line with the favor over my life. Yeah, I knew God had a purpose for me but the pain of poverty wouldn’t let my faith kick in. I knew I was in a place God didn’t sanctify but the sweat of suffering would not let me go. My faith did not match my favor. Then one day, God told me to move. I mean literally move (I’ve shared this before) and we did. In two days our apartment was packed up even though we didn’t have a place to stay. God said trust Him and for the first time, in a long time, I did. I couldn’t see a way but my faith kicked in. I didn’t understand but faith was driving. It did not make sense but faith was the GPS.
I am sharing this again because somebody needs to know this, needs to read this, needs to digest this and needs to trust again. Yes, I know you jumped last time and ended up hurt but this time jump by faith. Yes, I know you applied and was denied but this time apply with faith. Yes, your marriage is not working but this time consult faith. Doctors said one thing but this time try faith. Ma’am, I do not know your situation but how is your faith? Sir, I don’t know your circumstance but how is your faith? Does it match the favor? When God can allow you to make it home safely even though your alcohol level was three times the legal limit, does your faith match the favor? When you still had $3 left until the next payday and you didn’t have to borrow, does your faith match the favor? When your child escaped twenty years in prison, does your faith match the favor? When the job laid you off only to walk through a door of your own business, does your faith match the favor? When your church is still surviving with the 10 faithful members, does your faith match the favor? When you celebrated five years on a job without a high school diploma, does your faith match the favor? Sometimes, beloved, you have to faith it until it comes.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1