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In the FOG – Favor of God

BROCK STEPPED TO the free throw line.  Eyeing the hoop, he bounced the basketball twice and shifted his feet back and forth to set his position.  Crouching low, he raised the ball to his right shoulder.  Over the din of noise in the high school gym, Brock heard his mother’s voice.  “It’s okay Brock.  You’ve got this.  You’re in the FOG!”

shutterstock_30986464.basketball shot.billyhoilerUpon hearing her voice, he aimed, sprung and shot. The ball flew through the air.  Swoosh!  Into the net it sunk.  The crowd erupted.

Puzzled by Brock’s mother’s comment, our youth pastor turned to her and asked,  “What does ‘in the fog’ mean?  I don’t get it.”

Grinning from ear to ear, she answered, “Oh! FOG! FOG means ‘favor of God’.  Brock’s in the ‘favor of God’.”

Favor by Biblical definition is closely related to the word grace.  It means gaining approval, acceptance, or special benefits or blessings. Throughout the Bible, we read about people who were blessed with God’s favor.  Noah found favor in God’s eyes (Genesis 6:8, ESV), as well as Moses (Exodus 33:17, ESV).  Joseph was favored by God (Deuteronomy 33:16, HCSB).  Jesus found favor with God as a child and grew in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52, HCSB).

Not only did God extend favor to people in the Bible, but He also extends favor to us today. Proverbs 3:3-4 tells how to win God’s favor, and Psalm 5:12 tells us the righteous will be surrounded with favor.  If we live our lives trusting in God’s mercy, we will find His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 2:19, ESV).

So as you approach your day, you must decide.  Are you in the FOG?  Are you in the “favor of God”?  If not, seek God’s guidance and will for your life.  Ask Him to show you the way. May His favor rest upon you today.

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12, NIV)

Prayer:  Dear God,  When we’re in the fog, help is to remember we’re in the “FOG”.  Remind us that we are in Your favor just as the people we read about in the Bible were in Your favor.  Thank You for the grace and mercy You give to us.  In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.

Photo's courtesy of Shutterstock, billyhoiler, and gualtiero boffi.
Story taken from Garrett Cadwell's Communion meditation.
Scripture taken from the www.biblegateway.com website.