But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21 (NKJV)
For the past few days, we've been focusing on God's will based on what His Word says. The Bible is the primary means through which God has communicated His will to us, and it speaks on the most important matters of life: sin, forgiveness, salvation, and eternity.
But while the Bible speaks universally on these and many other issues, it doesn't speak specifically on many areas of our personal lives. It doesn't tell us who to marry, what field of study we ought to pursue, or where to live. Yet God still has a will pertaining to these things. How can we know it?
We're going to look at several factors outside of God's Word that He uses to reveal His specific will for our lives, and the first factor is His favor.
From time to time, the Lord will cause people who don't even know Him to be favorably disposed towards His people. In the verse above, we see that God gave Joseph favor in the eyes of the jail keeper who was in authority over him. The Lord did the same thing for the Children of Israel with the Egyptians (Exodus 12:36) and for Daniel with his captors (Daniel 1:9).
In each case, God was working behind the scenes on behalf of His people and His favor was instrumental in helping them pursue His plan for their lives. So we see that the favor of the Lord can be a beacon of light that can lead us forward in God's will.
Look at your life. Is there any evidence of the Lord's favor? Has the Lord caused an employer or a neighbor to favor you? If so, it can be an indication that you're walking in His will and are right where He wants you.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.