During my time of meditation and study for Sunday's message the word "favor" caused me to think more about what God is doing in my life.
It has been said that "favor" is preferential treatment shown to someone. It has the sense of acceptance, approval and pleasure. However, the favor of God entails much more.
While the actual word may not be found in the KVJ of the Bible, the Greek "charis" translated as grace captures the idea. Therefore, favor is not something we earn from God; it is a gift from God.
It is not the same as blessing, being blessed is the result of God's favor. Even those who claim to be "blessed and highly favored" need to recognize and acknowledge that, whatever their state, it is not because of them.
Grace has often been defined - and rightly so - as unmerited favor. Yes, of course, we can do certain things which please God that results in His favor, but it is still a gift. It has been said that "favor ain't fair." I don't particularly like that term, but I do understand why they say it.
I would rather view favor not in the view of justice, but in the view of Sovereignty.
Whomsoever God's favor rests on, and how much is poured out, is purely His choice.