Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 31, 2021

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” – “Your favor toward Your people”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 6:5-8.  

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky;  for I am sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”  Genesis 6:5-8.


We should view favor as grace.  We do not earn grace, and we do not earn favor.  God does not give grace to everyone, and God does not favor everyone.  God gives grace to His chosen ones, His elect, and God favors His chosen ones, His elect.  

Let us go forth into 2022 with hearts full of faith that God was faithful to us in 2021 and that God will continue to show us favor in 2022.  Praise God! 

In the following Scriptures, we see that God favored Israel, His chosen nation, and planted Israel in the Promised Land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”, and in sharp contrast God drove out the other nations.  God favored His people.  By God’s favor, He strengthens His people and gives everything else good to them.  By God’s favor to His people, He saves them.      

“O God, we have heard with our ears,
Our fathers have told us
The work that You did in their days,
In the days of old.
2 You with Your own hand drove out the nations;
Then You planted them;
You afflicted the peoples,
Then You spread them abroad.
3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land,
And their own arm did not save them,
But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,
For You favored them.” Psalm 44:1-3.

“O LORD, You showed favor to Your land;
You restored the captivity of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of Your people;
You covered all their sin. Selah.” Psalm 85:1-2.

“For You are the glory of their strength,
And by Your favor our horn is exalted.” Psalm 89:17.

Consider the following from the Canons of Dordt in the section titled FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination.

Article 7.  Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation.  …

Article 9.  This election was not founded upon foreseen faith, and the obedience of faith, holiness, or any other good quality of disposition in man, as the pre-requisite, cause or condition on which it depended;  but men are chosen to faith and to the obedience of faith, holiness, etc., therefore election is the fountain of every saving good;  from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to that of the apostle:  “He hath chosen us (not because we were) but that we should be holy, and without blame, before him in love,”  Ephesians 1:4.

Article 10.  The good pleasure of God is the sole cause of this gracious election;  which doth not consist herein, that out of all possible qualities and actions of men God has chosen some as a condition of salvation;  but that he was pleased out of the common mass of sinners to adopt some certain persons as a peculiar people to himself, as it is written, “For the children being not yet born neither having done any good or evil,” etc., it was said (namely to Rebecca):  “the elder shall serve the younger; as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,”  Romans 9:11,12,13.  “And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed,”  Acts 13:48.

“4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.” Psalm 106:5-5.


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