The currency of favor
January 21, 2012

I’ve been reflecting on how God has been keeping me in these tough times. My pantry has run really low, yet each day I’m not only nourished by His promises, but also the provisions He has caused others to bless me with. The more I think of it all the more I realize that God’s favor is a currency on it’s own.

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Sunday I looked at the cupboards after I came from church and could not for the life of me to put together a meal of any semblance. There simply was nothing there to take me beyond Monday. It’s amazing how He shapes and tempers us when we are receptive to what He is teaching and showing us and building in us in our times of testing. At any other time, I would have been stressed and overwhelmed at my lack at what I considered to be the most basic, but I’m really starting to take Him at His word and trust Him when He says that He is my provider and keeper. And I’ve been growing. All week I’ve eaten and I didn’t go grocery shopping, either. My mom gave me some vegetables someone had given her, a friend brought me two bountiful baskets this week, and farmer I know says He will bring me some provisions and vegetables today. Apart from my mother, I have not told any of those persons that have been a blessing to me about my current financial situation. They were just vessels used by God to help me meet my needs. I didn’t have the money to go into the grocer and buy any of the food I ate this week, but He caused others to be favorable towards me and I ate each day this week and was nourished physically. So you see, favor does have a currency.

Sometimes we tend to see the paper bill as our ticket to getting or earthly needs met, but I’ve been learning that time after time, He will cause others to bless you in the area of your need in the times you don’t have the resources to meet that need on your own.

Matthew 6 vs. 25- 26

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (New Living Translation)

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