Why Is Favor Deceitful? By Christian Author Elena Ramirez
FAVOR IS DECEITFUL, AND BEAUTY IS VAIN: BUT A WOMAN THAT FEARETH THE LORD, SHE SHALL BE PRAISED. Proverbs 31:30. KJV.
I have to say first, that I fear God. I have learned that, in my journey of life. I know there are consequences to sin. I know, that I have reaped what I have sowed, many times. So I fear God. I fear the one, who can part heaven and earth on my behalf. I fear God, who has the final say, as to whether or not Heaven or hell is my home for eternity. I fear God. I have learned this.
Yet there is grace, and there is a compassion, and mercy, that God extends, but I have to be honest. Thats favor.
And I always want to make you think…. Even as I ask this question. Why is favor Deceitful? For the above scripture says it is. And I believe Gods King James word.
Thats why this blog is called, “Just My Thoughts”, but I know its not me, its God, and He gives me the inspiration, I do have. I call that favor. And I really study His word, to pray, to have the mind of Christ. But I don’t take it for granted, because I know its a gift. And if He favors me to do that, I want to do it, at my best ability, for His glory. But I also realize….
In my own personal life….
Favor, has not been a strong force in my life. Even according to the worlds standards. Doors haven’t flung open. People, and help has not come my way. Money has not been a great favor either. And maybe thats good. Things, have not easily come to me.
Yet, He meets my every need. When I need. Thats favor as well. I am trying to find the balance in this, because I am grateful. But yet, I haven’t had great favor from people, even from family. Or friends, I realize. As I write this.
I have had my struggles, and I won’t go into all the details. But, on the subject of favor, and in my humble opinion, I just have a sense, even lately, that we can miss it. One can take things for granted. And I think thats a dangerous place to be.
You can miss it, if you have favor. And this is why I believe the scripture says it can be deceitful. It may handicap you so you don’t strive for the excellence, from God, in fear of God.
Because you think, you know what?
He loves me, this is a great life I live, and I have His favor. So you stop trying….
You stop trying to please God. You stop taking the commandments to heart. His law. You start puffing yourself up, like you are a know it all, or you might even think you are better then somebody else. So many people in our world, deny God, because they think its all about them, and that is just wrong.
And when I give an analogy, of why I feel even here, why favor can be deceitful, it is because it could, cause one, to stop growing.
Just think about it. Think about the beautiful people you know. People, that are handed things in life, without much of a struggle, they have favor. But when you look at them sometimes deeper, you realize like all of us, they have flaws. But yet, they think they are better. The light might be on, but who is inside?
The flaws, may not be on the outside, because they are beautiful. But inside, they are broken. But they might not see it. They are, content, even to say, that they don’t feel like they have to try. I have met people like that. I have met some people, who like to play at being dumb, and thats a dangerous place to be. They put the “duh” in dumb.
And they may even say they believe in God, but there is something, I see, and I relate it to scripture. That is missing, and is it because favor was deceitful?
FOR MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, COVETOUS, BOASTERS, PROUD, BLASPHEMERS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, UNTHANKFUL, UNHOLY, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, TRUCEBREAKERS, FALSE ACCUSERS, INCONTINENT, FIERCE, DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD, TRAITORS, HEADY, HIGHMINDED, LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD; HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF, FROM SUCH TURN AWAY. II TIMOTHY 3:3-5. KJV (please see this from a King James, these same scriptures are out there, but they are corrupted word)
They deny the power thereof. I will repeat that, they deny the power thereof, because I think, they believe, the favor they have, or may I even say, the “grace” they have, makes them think they don’t have to even say, please or thank you.
They don’t have to try, they think its all a given. The favor. They think they deserve it. Just because they are on this earth. Wrong. Turn away from those kind of examples. And those kind of people, they should not be your role model. Jesus should be.
Do we deserve favor? I used to think I did. I used to think, I deserved it. I used to think, just because I served, God, I deserved it. But, at this point in my life, with all my own failures, and my own flaws, I don’t think I deserve favor any more.
Maybe thats sad, to expect it, or want it, and evens ay that here, but maybe its for the best, I have not had great favor. Now I know, I am the head, and not the tail. According to scripture, but I want to find the right balance, that pleases God.
Maybe, because I have learned the hard way, to work for what I have, to be my own person, in Christ, and not take anything for granted. To study who He is, personally. And see His attributes, His beautiful characteristics.
To not take a religious figure, and put them on a pedestal, because we all can miss it. Because that is also idolatry. And God gets jealous. But to just be thankful, for what I do have, and give God glory, because I see the difference.
See, grace and favor, are great, to have, and I am not an idiot, I would love it. But, I have learned, as well, that favor, can be deceitful. The enemy, can distract you, and have doors opened, that may make you, think its favor from God, but it may be a test. How about that idea? Hmm…..
I was just talking about this with a friend, lately, that, I am sometimes hard on myself. But, I would rather be hard on myself, and see the error of my ways, then to offer myself grace, and miss it.
I don’t want to miss being accountable to God and others. Growth can only happen when we see the error of our ways, repent to God, and in that process, perhaps apologize to someone, or try to make it up, in one way or another. But more to God. To change more like Christ. To get my eyes off of me, my problems, and look at how Christ relates to it.
But if you have constant favor, you might not try. So, you be the judge, in it, concerning your own life. Yes, I long for favor too, but in it, I just pray, I will not grow cold, indifferent, desensitized, or I will not get puffed up, or full of myself and forget where I came from.
This West side kid, from Denver, Colorado, knows her humble beginnings. I know where God has brought me, from. I know, I am nothing without Jesus. I know I hit rock bottom at one time. I know, that I fell through the cracks in many ways.
Maybe thats all the favor I need. Because He saved me. He reached out, and saved me. I will take it, and be thankful. I will also serve Him, for the rest of my life. Whether I have extra favor or not.
God already proved Himself to me, and I know it. He does not have to jump through hoops for me. I know He saved me, I know my God. And I also, know there is a lost world out there. I know, many need to see His light, and I will try and shine it.
And I pray if I ever get any more favor, I will always be mindful to consider those scriptures above, and not deny the power, thereof. Because then the scripture would be fulfilled to say that yes, favor is deceitful. And I don’t want favor to be deceitful in my life.
Just saying….in just these thoughts of mine.
Blessings and love,